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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Don't bring the partying to the dorms and you're fine. Everything else really isn't a big deal.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict on the things that they need to be strict about.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: the campus strictness would be fine if they didn't freak out so much about parking...

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus has strict policies for a variety of things including student diversity and drinking

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus is not that strict, everything is pretty lenient. They aren't going to mark you for everything bad that you do.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1297th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1323rd
    Best Campus Police
  • 1328th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Herman
Burbank CA
Liberal Studies
Grad Year
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Cal Poly's safety can be seen as both a blessing and a curse. The biggest crime on campus is bike seat theft, and violent crime is not an epidemic on campus. Since our campus is so safe, the police have time to make sure every rule is followed. This means that students riding skateboards through campus or running stop signs are likely to be met with a citation. Overall, though, most students are thankful that there is a police force that will be there immediately if 911 is called and will help maintain the safe community Poly students have grown to appreciate. 

Parking tickets are very common. Not having a permit and parking at the end of a full row or in a spot not allocated for a specific permit (resident parking in a general lot, for example) are valid causes for the receipt of a parking ticket. Ticket penalties are not exorbitantly priced, though, and serve as more of a slap on the wrist.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Getting caught being drunk in public
  • Having alcohol in a dorm room
  • Not coming to a complete stop at an intersection
  • Parking in a staff area
  • Parking without a permit
  • Riding a skateboard or a bike in a walk-only zone
Visitation Policies
As far as students visiting other students in on-campus housing, the process is fairly straightforward. Any overnight guest should be checked in with the RA or CA. This serves two purposes: to make sure all of the roommates are on board with the guest and also to let the RA or CA know to search for that person in case of an emergency.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 140 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 160 responses

  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 11% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 54% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 31% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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