Campus Strictness

Burlington, VT
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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As with a good deal of college campuses, Champlain's main goal is safety. In terms of campus safety, if they get any kind of tip or idea that something is going on, they are not afraid to come in. They can be pretty strict, but the how rules affect the social aspect of your experience (at least in the dorms) depends more on your roommate(s) and the policies you agree on with them. You take your experience into your own hands.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Since I don't live on campus, I follow all the rules with no problem. It works for me.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: School is very strict about alcohol and drug use. Parking around campus is controlled by zone and you have to have a permit for your zones

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I think campus safety does a good job of enforcing the rules while understanding college life. CPS is always available and they truly want everyone to be safe. If they see/hear stuff they will act, but if someone calls them and is drunk and needs help they act out of safety before trying to punish them

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus administration makes a student feel comfortable


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 866th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1182nd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1277th
    Best Campus Police

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Kayla M. Hedman
Griswold, CT
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Champlain College is a dry campus and does not tolerate drinking. Drinking in the dorms can be documented on two different levels: personal or "public source." Students get in much more trouble for "public source," which is supplying for a group, especially underage. This even includes having a garbage bag of empty cans laying around. Technically, returning to campus under the influence should also not be tolerated, since the intoxicated person is now a "container of alcohol." They usually let this rule slide, unless the individual is causing a disturbance. Public Safety and resident assistants (RAs) are not lenient, but have your best interests in mind if you need help. That being said, if you're intoxicated and need assistance, they can guide you to resources, as they want you to be safe. Punishment will come later. 

Attendance policies are in place in class. Usually after two absences, grades will plummet. Since classes are so small, teachers will notice that you are missing. If you have to miss a class, contact the teacher ahead of time and make up the work. Besides being a dry campus, rules in the residence hall promote respect for students, faculty, staff, property, and facilities, as well as the surrounding neighborhood. Being in the middle of a residential neighborhood, neighbors will call Public Safety for noise complaints, and if it escalates, they will call the Burlington Police. Other residence hall rules are determined by hall and by each room to avoid mistreating others and roommate conflicts.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking on campus (even 21-and-up drinking is not permitted on Champlain's dry campus)
  • Having a bonfire outside/on the beach (open fires are illegal in the city of Burlington)
  • Having pets in the dorm
  • Making noise during quiet hours (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
  • Parking during restricted hours
  • Setting off fire alarms
  • Skipping class
  • Smoking marijuana
  • Sneaking food out of the dining hall
  • Vandalism/damaging objects
Visitation Policies
Visitors are free to come and go as you (and your roommates) please. There are general rules in place in Residential Life that state that day guests should leave when hall quiet hours begin (11 p.m.) or can stay a max of two nights. This is all dependent on your roommate agreement. It is good for the first few months to not have visitors from home to prevent homesickness; this promotes relationship-building within the residence hall. After that, having your college friends meet your friends from home can be very beneficial.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 27 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 30 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 17% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 57% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 23% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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