Campus Strictness

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school doesn't place many boundaries on what students are or are not allowed to do. As long as you don't do something stupid or overly attention-seeking, the school usually will not get into your business

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Duke seems to have taken a tougher stance on the illicit activities inherent to Greek organizations, such as hazing, excessive alcohol consumption, and drug use. Otherwise, it exercises considerable (and appreciated) leniency for students who operate on an "all things in moderation" principle. If a student becomes incapacitated, for example, the campus police's first directive is to secure that student's safety and wellbeing. From an academic standpoint, Duke abides by the honor code to which all students pledge. Of all the offenses one could incur, plagiarism is usually the most dire.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Duke is really pretty lenient about most everything that doesn't make them look bad. They understand that their students are going to party, and are going to drink, and as long as freshman aren't being obvious, they can drink whenever. Other then that, as long as you aren't being openly racist, sexist, or classist, you can do a lot without problems.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Never had a problem or heard of problems with the campus police.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness varies. In terms of drinking, East Campus (freshmen campus) is completely dry, but you can drink on West or Central pretty easily. Parking sucks and if you park without a permit, your car can get towed/impounded. Duke is pretty lenient about visitation in dorms; you don't have to sign anyone in.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 421st
    Best Campus Police
  • 591st
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 711st
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

On the whole, Duke students are not uproariously raucous or unruly, so the police and University are correspondingly lenient. Although students are occasionally caught doing unlawful things, police aren’t likely to jump out from behind the sofa as you lift that plastic cup for your first guilty sip. One exception is the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE), which is a group of undercover cops that will make arrests for underage drinking at off-campus locations. Just another reminder: when you choose to go off campus, be smart about it.  

East Campus is a dry campus, and RAs will write up students for drinking. Alcohol is permitted on West and Central Campuses, and parties will only get shut down if there is truly insane behavior going on (binge drinking to alcohol poisoning to excessive noise on a weeknight). On the whole, Duke police are entirely reasonable; they're lenient enough to let college students be, while strict enough to keep them safe. One thing the Duke administration is serious and strict about is academic integrity. The Duke Community Standard (the University's version of an honor code) is emphasized regularly, and cheating or plagiarism in any form is not tolerated. 

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating
  • Drinking underage (particularly on East Campus)
  • Parking Illegally
  • Vandalizing school property
Visitation Policies
Students may have guests stay over, but the guests can typically not stay beyond a 72-hour period. Also, the student inviting the guest must get permission from his or her roommate, if applicable. Guests are not allowed to stay over during final examination periods.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 51 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 60 responses

  • 42% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 53% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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