More often than not, the strictness of DePaul’s administration tends to revolve around financial issues. For example, students are more likely to get punished for dropping a class four seconds after the deadline than drinking tequila in their dorm room, mainly because the former causes DePaul to lose money from student refunds, and the latter does not. However, when it comes to getting caught with alcohol, the administration is pretty fair and usually willing to engage in a dialogue with a student before handing down a punishment. The three-strike dorm policy, which basically means students are allowed three violations before they are kicked out of University housing, is pretty lenient. Plus, it gives students the chance to make some mistakes while outgrowing the “college-is-a-constant-party” mentality.
One of the biggest pains about DePaul is dealing with the strict housing cancellation policy. On-campus housing is due in March and financial aid awards aren't sent out until the middle of May, so if cutting housing seems like the best area to adjust your budget once financial aid is released, just be aware that cancelling housing will lead to a $1,000 fine. And if you cancel during the academic year, it may lead to a $1,500 fine or the remaining balance of your room and board agreement. DePaul takes this policy very seriously, and it is almost impossible to cancel without being charged a fee. The University also emphasizes academic integrity to the fullest. Most professors take cheating and plagiarizing very seriously, which is great for students who are actually enrolled in a course for a challenging and competitive scholarly atmosphere. But, overall, DePaul’s administration is pretty fair, and, for the most part, stays pretty removed from students’ personal recreational choices.