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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: No tolerance policy if found with drugs. New alcohol policy is making partying harder - not sure how that is going to work in the coming school year when it goes into effect. As long as you aren't publicly a drunken mess, you shouldn't have an issue. Cops are good about breaking up parties and giving everyone 5 minutes to leave.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus is not very strict overall mostly because everyone normally follows the rules anyways. Sometimes the security officers will even help you out or get away with things because they know we're just college kids being dumb.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Drexel makes its policies very clear in the student handbook. The have the slogan "Know the Code" which they use to gain awareness for the student body for matters such as alcohol and drugs on campus or in the dorms. There is a zero tolerance policy for drugs and students will be expelled on the first charge. For consumption of alcohol in University buildings or properties, student will receive a letter to their parents, a $100 fine, required attendance to an alcohol class, 1 year probation and a required meeting with the board of the code of conduct.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: Drugs and alcohol are highly regulated, just try not to be obnoxious and usually no one will bother you. Most people move off campus anyway, though. Also, it's pretty difficult to let visitors into your dorm. They need to leave a photo ID at the door and you must be in the building with them. If you leave, they leave.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Sometimes the people are very strict sometimes they arent

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 192nd
    Best Campus Police
  • 424th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1159th
    Strictest Honor Code

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Marina Lamanna
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Grad Year
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Drexel authorities try to be forthright when addressing violations. Thus, they're strict when they need to be—simply because they already warned the students. For example, students who drink when they should not be drinking are rarely punished, unless it's a nuisance to others (such as finals week). Security and police are more interested in breaking up a rowdy party to ensure everyone's safety—it is Philadelphia, after all. They have more urgent things to take care of in the city. So, as long as students restrain themselves from putting on a drunken display, all should be well. Although the drug scene is not that large, there have been instances when Drexel has enforced its "zero tolerance for drugs" rule. People have gotten expelled with no questions asked for drug possession and/or use. The University is very strict about drugs.

Aside from drinking and drugs, students rarely get in trouble for anything else. From time to time, students will get in trouble for vandalism in the dorms, which merely results in a fine. Other things you can get in trouble for are downloading copyrighted material and illegal parking.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Drinking in the dorms
  • Making too much noise in your room
  • Parking illegally
  • Sneaking silverware from the dining hall
  • Urinating or acting generally indecent in public
Visitation Policies
Non-Drexel students simply need to present valid ID to the desk attendant in the dorms and have their escort sign them in. Visiting students then need to stay with their escort for the remainder of the visit.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 129 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 147 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 46% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 48% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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