Campus Strictness

Hanover, NH
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The officers (Safety and Security) are actually there for your security, not to get you in to trouble. Dartmouth is fairly lenient with its policies making the campus life quite enjoyable.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The college is strict on varying topics and situations. School safety officers will sometimes be harsh on frat parties and other times won't seem to care or stop anything from going wrong. The administration is aware of the drinking, drug, race, and sexual assault problems, but will only really address it now that it is being publicized in the media.

It lacks consistency in it strictness. I have also seen occurrences where black students have received punishment (including suspension/expulsion) for the same situations (involving drinking, drugs, academic or sexual assault problems) as their white counterparts, but the white students have not received the same punishment.

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus officers are kind and helpful
Small school lends itself to strong and cooperative community
Students are given a high degree of independence
Very strict honor code

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Alcohol is and always will be an issue, but the big debate is protesting. there are a small number of vary radical students who protest everything. The administration lets them, but this may change due to student complaints.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: UGA's (RA's) are generally pretty lenient, Safety and Security mainly just tries to keep you safe. You might get in trouble if you do something that ends up crossing the desk of an administrator or judicial, then they tend to be less understanding--but you generally have to do something pretty bad for that to happen.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 65th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 414th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 978th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Warrington, PA
Comparative Literature
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Run-ins with the campus authorities are common but not at all scary. Rightly—and thankfully for many students—the administration tends to treat alcohol abuse as a medical issue, rather than a moral one. If you are caught publicly intoxicated by the campus authorities, sanctions will likely include a fine, a mandatory talk with your Class Dean, and a referral to Dick’s House Office of Counseling and Human Development.

Safety & Security (S&S) is not out to get anyone. They have a pretty good handle on the party atmosphere at Dartmouth, and their primary concern is always for student safety. The Hanover Police Department is an entirely different matter. Those guys don’t mess around, so unless bumming a ride back to campus from the Grafton County Jail is how you’d like to spend a Sunday morning, stay well away from the “H-Po”—of course, that’s easier said than done.


Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Creating a fire hazard (Read: leaving anything) in the hallway
  • Drinking underage
  • Having an unregistered keg
  • Keeping books from the reserve desk for too long
  • Public intoxication
  • Streaking across the Green

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 28 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 36 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 11% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 50% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 39% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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