Campus Strictness

Location
Danville, KY
Undergrads
1,343
Tuition
$35,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I think they could be more strict on drug consumption but overall policies are relaxed enough to treat us like adults while maintaining safety on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I have never had a problem with campus security. I for the most part have always tried to stay out of trouble and give them little reason to take issue with me.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's pretty hard to get into any serious trouble at Centre. In regards to drinking, we have a "no original containers" policy and DPS says you can't drink under 21, but I have never seen them check ID's. As long as you put it in a solo cup, you can drink walking right past them and they won't care. Just don't become belligerent and pass out in a bush or something and they'll leave you alone. They know people drink and they don't care as long as you don't cause a scene. If you do get caught with an original container, depending on how nice you are to them and how sorry you are, they might just let you off with a warning. If they cite you, you might have to pay a small fine, but that's really it. Your parents don't even have to find out.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: Centre kids sign a civility pledge when they enter as freshmen, and it's pretty serious business: academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism) charges are brought before a council of peers and administrators, and while everyone gets a fair trial, the penalties for conviction are pretty hefty. But professors are very careful to explain to you what's considered "dishonesty" -- you even take a writing course as a freshman that teaches you how to cite properly at the very beginning, so everyone's on the same page. The Department of Public Safety takes safety pretty seriously, and that's reflected in campus social policy. If you get caught smoking pot (or with harder drugs, I guess, although it's pretty difficult to find those on Centre's campus), you're suspended at the very least, maybe expelled depending on your disciplinary history and what you're doing; theft and other nonviolent crimes will get you suspended; etc. The alcohol policy's pretty lenient: even if you're underage, so long as you're not swigging from an original bottle or being violent or disruptive, you're not going to get in trouble -- and the worst that happens is a fine. That's to ensure that kids feel safe calling DPS if someone's had too much to drink, and it's really smart policy. DPS offers are sweet and supportive -- they're not trying to bust you, they just want to make sure you're safe.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: A Good Campus – This campus is not too strict but still upholds the rules. It is rare to see students breaking them though.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 445th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 613rd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 795th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Aaron Edwards
Hometown
Henderson, KY
Major
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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The strictness at Centre is centered around a policy of fairness. The idea tends to be that students are young adults and free to make their own choices, as long as they fall within College policy. There is a definite sense of adult presence that monitors the campus, even the parties. This is more of a reassuring presence than an authority figure monitoring your activities. Mainly, DPS's role is to keep people from doing stupid things, like kicking down lampposts or starting fights. This lax attitude really only extends to alcohol, however, and things like drug abuse or vandalism are not tolerated. The emphasis is on safety and security, rather than on harassing students with fines.

Students know the DPS officers by name and vice versa, demonstrating the close relationships between the students and administration. On individual halls or buildings, the RAs are in charge of policing the dorms and enforcing regulations. This is a plus for students, because being caught by a peer instead of an authority figure just works out better sometimes. The RAs tend to be more lax about the regulations, i.e. having an alcoholic beverage in an original container, versus in a Solo cup, will get you a quick $25 fine from a DPS officer, while your RA will probably let it slide. The RAs are well trained by the Student Life Office, and selection for the RA position is very competitive, but the students chosen tend to be regular kids with good social skills whose main concern is often safety, not issuing fines.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles or incense in your dorm room
  • Making too much noise in your dorm room
  • Open container
  • Parking illegally
  • Public intoxication
  • Public urination or indecency
  • Running the Flame (Circling the Flame statue in the nude)

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 12 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 16 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 50% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 44% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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