Campus Strictness

Waterville, ME
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1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: In real life if you are underage and drinking you get in trouble by law enforcement. If you break something, you get fined and arrested. If you're an ass you get punched. Colby doesn't teach you about real life.

Also Hillside is riot-proof. There is a reason for that.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: Drinking and smoking are big problems here.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: In general, the campus PD is VERY lenient and chances are you will never have to talk to them.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus rules here are very lenient. The school treats you as an adult. You take responsibility in the actions you do. Campus safety is here to work with you. You can be underage and drunk and they will help you and keep you from getting into trouble as long as you cooperate.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus security is an always present force at Colby on weekends, however they are very understanding about drinking and usually do not want to get you in trouble. Since there is a no hard alcohol policy for all ages on campus, they really have no tolerance for that, but other types if alcohol tend not cause much trouble.


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Danny Garin
Washington, DC
Government and Economics
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Colby seems to be getting stricter about drinking and partying. The administrative philosophy on partying is pretty much that students are going to drink and party, so they should make sure no one ends up in the hospital or jail. However, to avoid getting in trouble with the local police, hefty open container fines have added to the strictness of campus security. So, don’t walk around the halls with an open can of beer—you’re basically asking for trouble.

Every dorm has a Community Advisor (CA) whose primary role is to build community within each dorm. They also conduct safety rounds on the weekends to ensure no one has passed out in the bathrooms, and CAs can issue citations and call security if parties get too loud or raucous. Most people know at least one security guard fairly well, which is a good way to avoid getting a citation. Also, security only gets involved in dorm parties if the music is too loud or people are wandering the halls with beers in hand. However, most students learn how to stay out of trouble. It's pretty easy to not get in trouble here, and students with good judgment will be fine. Most agree that Colby students are pretty lucky.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Academic dishonesty
  • Drinking alcohol from an open container in the hallways
  • Having too many people in a dorm room
  • Illegal possession of a Colby table; they are frequently stolen to use as beirut tables
  • Making too much noise during quiet hours
  • Propping doors open
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
The guest policy isn't strict at all. Basically, if you want to have guest stay overnight, you just need the consent of all your roommates.

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

  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 8% 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.
  • 31% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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