Campus Strictness

Mount Vernon, IA
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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: There's a very silly open container rule that means you are allowed to have alcohol in your possession but if anyone sees you drinking it you could be in trouble.

College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I've never seen security stop someone who was drunk and check for their I.D. or anything like that. Everyone here is pretty lenient in all respects, and unless you're doing something that might cause harm to others you are left alone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness is appropriate considering the community that the administration is attempting to shape and promote. Students are expected to uphold a mature understanding of the rules and regulations that exist on campus, without being unjustly punished or reprimanded for breaking said rules. The administration deals with issues effectively and appropriately.

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.


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    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 34 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 42 responses

  • 2% 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.
  • 19% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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