Campus Strictness

Fairfax, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Watch out when RA's are on rounds.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The strictness of what you can do really depends on your RA and how you do things.There are many GMU cadets that are always walking around. However, as long as your aren't doing anything too reckless they wont mess with you. I've been to other schools where they were so strict where you cant even have anyone in your room unless you sign them in. GMU is not like that. If you do get caught however, they do take alcohol and drugs seriously. They love giving out parking tickets too, so make sure you know exactly where you can and can't park.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: It's average, sometimes they will turn their head when its not that bad

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I feel as though campus regulations are pretty lenient due to the fact that not much happens on campus yet alone the whole county of Fairfax. I feel very independent on campus. That being said the campus police has nothing better to do but to harass the students. I have personally been harassed by GMUPD late at night around exam period.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: George Mason professors are very proud and strict about the Honor Code. The Honor Code has been strictly enforced in all of my classes here.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 85th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1341st
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1362nd
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Harrisonburg, Va.
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Unless students are loud and obnoxious about having people over or drinking in on-campus residence halls, it’s unlikely they’ll get in trouble. Every hour on the hour RAs perform walk-throughs in the residence halls, so students should be wary of their noise level at that time. On-campus residents aren’t allowed to have candles, incense, or drinking paraphernalia in their rooms if they’re under 21. (This includes things like shot glasses, even if they are just used for decoration.) All freshman housing areas are “dry areas” meaning all alcohol is prohibited, even for visitors over 21. First time offenders of campus drinking policies have to go through a hearing process with the Office of Judicial Affairs.RAs also perform health and safety inspections twice a semester, and they’re actually pretty hardcore about it. The good thing is, RAs usually tell residents what week they will be performing inspections. The strictest thing about Mason is the parking policies. There are several 20 to 30-minute parking areas on campus, and Parking Services is constantly patrolling them, looking to give tickets.

The University is more strict with drugs than they are with alcohol, and generally smoking marijuana on campus is a stupid idea, since a lot of students get in trouble after somebody reports smelling marijuana to the police. Mason takes all drug-related offenses seriously, and it's easy to get kicked out of housing for repeat or serious offenses. This can be a real pain, since affordable off-campus housing is hard to find—especially in the middle of a semester.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking in the freshman dorms
  • Making too much noise in on-campus housing areas
  • Parking without a pass, or parking in 30-minute parking too long
  • Smoking marijuana
Visitation Policies
Although the Mason Guide to Pride has a fairly long outline about guests, resident advisers are lenient; as long as your guests aren't visibly breaking the rules, you won't run into any problems. According to the rules, each resident is only allowed to have two guests in their dorm room or apartment at any given time, so if things get loud it's easy to get a noise violation or having too many guests.
Did You Know?
  • Extension cords, candles, incense and any other open flames are prohibited in all campus residence halls.
  • Any pets other than fish are prohibited in residence halls.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 188 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 209 responses

  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 13% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 51% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 31% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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