Campus Strictness

Orangeburg, SC
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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I wish they were more leanient on some of the stuff we can't do on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: For me, the strictness (with the exception of room check) is not too bothersome. I would rather be safe than sorry.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: This campus is strict when it comes down to policies pertaining to safety, attendance in class, noise during quiet hours, visitation in opposite sex dorms as well as same sex dorms and smoking and alcohol use. Safety and education is the primary focus.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I just wish freshman could have co-ed visitation because most times I need to study and Kleist's lobby is not the best place to go. We cannot even go upstairs to the computer lab with the opposite sex which seems very unfair. However, I love the no curfew policy.

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Visitation is very strict and makes it almost impossible to associate with someone of the opposite sex


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 350th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 935th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1124th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Claflin Prowler
Orangeburg, S.C.
Biology/Biological Sciences
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Claflin is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and the University has a reputation for being very strict. Even the most law-abiding student may find it hard to adjust to some of the more impractical rules the school has, such as no walking on the grass. With other rules like quiet hours in the dorm and more controversial policies like no visitation in dorm rooms and curfews for freshmen and sophomores, students say they feel like they are being deprived of exploring all areas of college life.

While attending such an uptight university can have its disadvantages, students always seem to find loopholes to break free from some of the more conventional rules here. Most students accept the campus rules without protest because rule-bending and breaking is done out of sight. Even if word does get around to campus police, 99 percent of the wrong-doers are never caught. However, residential managers (RMs) or assistants (RAs) will most likely write you up and charge you if you break a dorm rule. One of the main reasons for this is that RAs are upperclassmen who like to throw around their so-called authority with other students. Every rule you break or every fee you are charged is instantly put on your student account.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Breaking curfew
  • Dressing inappropriately on campus
  • Failing room inspection
  • Fighting
  • Having sex in the dorms
  • Having too many absences from class
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs on campus
  • Taking food out of the cafeteria
  • Using candles or incense in the rooms
  • Violating visitation policies and/or sneaking into dorms
  • Walking or lying on the grass
Visitation Policies
All guests of the opposite sex must be entertained in the residence hall lobby during visiting hours, which are every day from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. (upperclassmen get until 11:30 p.m.). All residence halls close at 11:30 p.m., when access is only allowed with an authorized key card. Same-sex overnight guests must be approved 24 hours in advance, and all roommates/suitemates must sign a form agreeing to the visit, as well. Overnight guests cannot stay more than 48 hours.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 39 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 49 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 16% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 39% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 45% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.


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