Campus Strictness

Claremont, CA
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Very Hard
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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It is a very laid-back campus. Alcohol policies are very lenient, just be safe, don't be stupid and CALL AN RA IF YOU OR A FRIEND NEEDS HELP. The RAs are there to help, not to get you in trouble.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The college has a no BS policy in terms of academic integrity, but outside of coursework plenty of shenanigans go on. I would say a high percentage of the freshman class drinks underage, even during dry week. Loads of people smoke weed regularly in their dorms and I know a few who even mess around with acid and cocaine. Campus security doesn't do much about this unless they are very stupid and try lighting up at a fenced party or outside, or seriously overdose. The majority of drug use occurs in the dorms, and R.A.'s don't even really seem to care just as long as no one o.d.'s. If you don't drink, you will be in the minority. The majority of these people live in the little enclave of Stark. Most students act like it's the end of the world whenever there is any initiative to tighten up on alcohol consumption rules, as they feel like this would absolutely destroy the culture of the school.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very lenient on drinking and on dorm visiting.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is not very strict. Things are getting stricter for underaged drinking however. They are doing their best to make parties worse and worse as years go by.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Many students at Claremont McKenna feel that the administration is becoming too strict and not allowing students to make their own adult decisions regarding alcohol and parties. Our administration has begun reaching out to students more and taking steps to hear students' opinions on the best solutions to keep everyone both safe and happy at CMC.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 50th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 245th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1202nd
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
International Relations
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Campus strictness at Claremont McKenna really just doesn’t exist. The basic rule is "don’t be an idiot." While there are technically policies that one would expect to see at a college, CMC really doesn’t enforce their rules. Parties are a free-for-all, where students of all ages indulge in beverages and the occasional smoke.

Recently there have been some scary incidents involving hospital runs, and e-mails from our alcohol task force have increased, but we have yet to see any real changes on campus. Resident advisors are there to help anyone that gets out of control, but they never stop people from having a good time. Campus security is around to make sure parties don’t get too rowdy, but I’ve never seen them take action.

The academic policies on the other hand are very strict. Plagiarism is taken very seriously, and if there is even a hint of plagiarizing, students are sent to the judicial review board. The same goes for cheating on exams or homework. Students who violate the academic integrity policy are either put on academic probation or suspension. The other instance in which campus strictness is a factor is bias-related incidences. If there is any sort of writing (joke or not) discriminating against a minority group, expect to get in trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking too much
  • Parking in the wrong lot
  • Plagiarizing
  • Stealing a Camp Sec golf cart
  • Stealing/destroying campus property

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 26 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 35 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 3% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 49% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 49% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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