Campus Strictness

Ithaca, NY
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Student

Campus Strictness: It's pretty much what you'd expect. The police shut parties down when they get too rowdy, but they're also there if you need help.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: To be honest, I don't know much. But from what I've experienced personally, school policies are relatively chill. You get in trouble, but you get second chances so that you aren't reprimanded immediately.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: CUPD tends to want to give out tickets for almost anything.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have personally never had a problem and my friends who in theory would get into trouble for things like alcohol and drugs really don't.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: they just do their job

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 612nd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 970th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1309th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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Over the past few years, the administration has become progressively harsher in regards to campus social activities. More than one fraternity has been closed or fined for underage drinking and other misdemeanors. Part of the incentive for moving freshmen to North Campus was to isolate them from the majority of fraternities and sororities that are located on West Campus. Ithaca police are no kinder, and they will crack down on you for open containers and noise violations.

What it boils down to is using discretion and being smart. Most police officers and resident advisers will look the other way in the face of drunken students returning from parties, but acting overly rowdy and drinking in the dorms themselves will usually result in some sort of penalty. Cornell police are in place to keep things orderly and safe. While this may be an annoyance to students looking to relax, it’s necessary to maintain not only security, but safety as well. This is a major concern for Cornell, and there are services available if a friend is ill from drinking that allow you to get help without risking a huge punishment. Explicit offenses are dealt with accordingly, and consequences are not severe unless you are a repeat offender.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Downloading MP3s
  • Drinking underage
  • Drunk driving
  • Open containers on public property in Collegetown
  • Parking illegally
  • Public urination (if you can't hold it)
  • Streaking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 75 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 87 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 13% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 68% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 20% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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