Campus Strictness

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus security is very backwards at Cornell. They crackdown on noise violations, regulated fraternity parties, and drugs (weed is more dangerous than alcohol?), but (far more dangerous) off campus partying thrives and dorm drinking is rampant. Campus is super strict about drug use and greek life, very lenient with alcohol/sex.

Oftentimes, police will write people up for noise violations, but blatantly ignore the underage drinking. Fraternity house parties get shut down regularly on campus (where brothers try their best to control regulated, registered parties), but then the party just moves to a more rowdy, less regulated off campus scene.

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: There really is not many police officers are campus to enforce rules, but periodically they will come around for checks. Nothing really interferes much with student' lives if you are responsible with how you are carrying yourself.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school's policies against alcohol, drug use, and cheating are strict if the students get caught. However, much goes unnoticed.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I found there was a good balance of leniency towards minor offenses but strict consequences to major ones.


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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 84 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 96 responses

  • 18% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 69% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 14% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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