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Hamilton, NY
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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I mean the officers can be pretty nice, its just never fun to hear about people getting in trouble at parties.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is a wide range of strictness depending on the topic. Drinking is pretty lenient while honor code is much more strict.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Honor code is strictly enforced

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Colgate does not have an overbearing administration and the students get a lot of freedom.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It is not overly strict. Most RA's are willing to look the other way as long as you aren't being disruptive or dumb about your drinking.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 533rd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1032nd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1364th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Esber
New Franklin, Ohio
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
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It’s not uncommon to hear students joking about their latest parking fine being put toward the construction of a new dorm on campus. In fact, Campus Safety (or "Campo," as students refer to them) spends much of their day issuing parking violations to those unlucky enough to have misread the tomes of parking regulations. Aside from the ill-fated car parked up the hill before 3:30 p.m. or in an active loading zone, the most common disciplinary action stems from getting caught playing drinking games or smoking weed. The first semester is the most dangerous time for first-years, and it often takes a few run-ins with RAs and Campo for students up the hill to figure out what is acceptable for weekend behavior and what is taboo. While the University instituted a much-discussed points system in 2011, there is still some speculation as to how this system will pan out in the future. As it currently stands, any imaginable infraction, from underage drinking all the way to dealing drugs, is assigned a point value with an associated disciplinary action. This system is steps above the former ambiguous disciplinary policy, but it is more actively enforced than the previous policy.

Generally speaking, Campus Safety exists to keep students safe, and when possible, they tend to let students slide and deal with things in-house as opposed to involving the local police department. Once out of first-year housing, Campo and Residential Life are considerably more lenient and tend to give students their space, as long as students respect property and keep out of trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Having an open container on campus or downtown
  • Parking up the hill before 3:30 p.m.
  • Playing drinking games, especially in first-year residence halls
  • Smoking pot
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
With having overnight guests, students first have to make sure it's OK with their roommate(s). The only other real stipulation is that a guest's visit may not exceed three consecutive days.
Did You Know?
A DWI charge results in a minimum semester suspension.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 54 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 58 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 9% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 72% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 16% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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