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2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Some policies are ridiculous. I was stranded in Boston during spring break with nowhere to stay on the last day before school resumed, and went to the dorms, pleading to be let in from the cold, snowy street. The dorms were open and there were people staying in them, but they refused to let me in and I slept on the street that night in 5 degree weather. Come on, Emerson.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Honestly the rules are in place to keep people safe, especially considering the campus is located in a downtown area. But I felt very safe while living in the residence halls. The only things I could complain about are just how inconvenient some of the policies are, but again they're put in place for student safety.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The safety of the buildings is very strict requiring an ID for access to buildings and dormitories. If you break any of the rules on campus it directly affects your standing in sports.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: As long as you don't get yourself and others in danger its great. They are very understanding and if you ever get in a problem, better to fess up as they care more about your safety than anything else. Don't be dumb and so obvious

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Some of the rules are ridiculous, but you can get around them. They won't prevent you from having a good time.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 610th
    Best Campus Police
  • 652nd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1141st
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Waterford, CT
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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Emerson Police clearly aren’t state troopers. They’re visible on campus, but it’s usually the same two or three cops that you always see, and they aren’t looking to throw the book at somebody. The cops are generally around to keep the students safe from other suspicious activity that may be happen on campus. They work to protect the campus from outsiders more than from itself. As far as enjoying yourself with a six-pack or bottle of Jack Daniel’s, you should be fine—as long as you’re smart about it. You’ll get a feel for your RA and what you can and cannot get away with. As long as you use your head, which admittedly can be difficult halfway through the night, you can easily stay out of trouble. Of course, the easiest way to avoid drama with your RA or the police is to take your partying off campus.

There are a few pesky rules about food in the labs and where students are allowed to smoke, but any level-headed student can figure out why these rules are in place. Basically, if students use common sense, as well as some genuine consideration for others, they can all get along just fine. And most of the time, they do.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk in class
  • Bringing food or drinks into the computer labs
  • Chaining your bike to fences in front of dorms
  • Having candles or incense in your dorm room
  • Illegally downloading copyrighted materials
  • Making too much noise in your dorm room at night
  • Moving your dorm furniture into the hallway
  • Plagiarism
  • Smoking cigarettes in the doorway to the Little Building
  • Smoking marijuana or cigarettes in your dorm room
  • Underage drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 48 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 49 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 55% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 41% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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