Campus Strictness

Mount Vernon, IA
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Just don't be stupid about things. As long as you aren't bothering people or in danger, you'll probably be fine.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school has a zero tolerance policy for sexual assult and expells accused and offenders immediately. However, this creates the illusion that there is none of the normal party stuff going on on campus and makes students less likely to come forward about wanting resources or community conversations and also less likely to get help for their friends.

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: At Cornell they have a no tolerance policy. This means that if you are caught with drugs on campus you are kicked out immediately. The firstyear dorms are substance free buildings so no one can have any alcohol or drugs on them even if they are 21 or older. There is no good samaritan policy so if anything goes wrong at a party everyone gets in trouble if someone gets help. In the upper classman buildings you can not leave your room with a open container. If you miss enough classes the college will send your parents that you are missing class. If you drop below a 2.0 you are put on academic probation.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are have the strictest of policies when it comes to drugs. If they smell it whatsoever in the dorms then they call the police no questions asked. You get one second chance and then after that you are in danger of being expelled. Nothing is unreasonable, it is on a case to case basis.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are very strict about under age drinking, they do not give any warning. Be very discreet and be safe!


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  • 285th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1256th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1302nd
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin McNeill
Foristell, MO
Sociology/Anthropology, English
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Cornell operates primarily on a self-policing basis. Many resident assistants have the attitude that they can’t write you up for what they don’t see you doing. There are rules in place for dealing with infractions when they occur, but for the most part, students are smart enough to keep out of trouble. Campus Safety is much more known for writing parking tickets than busting up parties. Underage drinking is probably the second most common rule violation on campus, behind parking tickets, but it is handled by the RAs and then the residence life staff. Drugs or physical violence are usually the only reasons local police are brought in, and those instances are few and far between.

Cornell’s alcohol policy is designed to promote personal responsibility, and it especially works for upperclassmen on substance-friendly floors where it’s legal to consume alcohol. Open containers in common areas are illegal, as is participating in drinking games. Alcohol is occasionally served on campus, but it has to be preapproved by the administration and coordinated with the dining services. Cornell’s Judicial Board hears cases as necessary regarding violations of college policy and can hand down disciplinary action from a set of established sanctions in any combination it sees fit.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage or in a substance-free building
  • Smoking on campus (it is illegal in Iowa to smoke on any school property)
Visitation Policies
Cornell's visitation policies are pretty lax. Students can host guests of either sex in their dorm room, provided all roommates are in agreement about the visit, including length of stay and any necessary accommodations. There is technically a three-day limit for overnight guests, but there is no real enforcement of this policy, unless a roommate complains.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 31 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 38 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 74% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 18% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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