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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Crackdown on Greek life sucks, but not terribly strict with dorm incidents

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The strictness is average, it hasn't really affected me

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have not encountered much campus strictness nor have I encountered many University police. I do hear of parties being broken up and noise complaints, however they do not seem to greatly affect academics or social life. Parties do not stop just because they were broken up before, students are just more careful, and the university does not seem very strict on enforcement, however I imagine they would be strict if students were caught.

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2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: UPD tries to break up any on-campus party and negatively impacts greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I guess it's pretty normal. nothing too strict not so lenient either.


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David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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GW’s policies on drugs and alcohol are very strict. University Police officers regularly patrol the dorms and respond to noise complaints. If violators are caught drinking, they pay a fine and attend an alcohol awareness class for the first two violations. The third time, students can be kicked out of on-campus housing. Getting caught drinking the first time or two is not the end of the world—it happens to many students. On the contrary, getting caught using drugs results in getting kicked out of housing and receiving no refund. In an attempt to encourage students to seek help for a peer in need of medical attention, the University offers an alcohol medical amnesty. Under this amnesty, a student who is taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning will not have that incident included on any permanent records. Above all, it is best to be cautious when drinking and leave a party if it is getting too loud. Know that most upperclassman dorms, such as City and New halls, are not patrolled as regularly as Thurston or other freshman dorms.

GW seems twice as strict because of the strong Metropolitan Police presence at off-campus parties and at bars and clubs. If an officer catches an underager drinking or using a fake ID, he/she can expect to spend the night in jail. At most bars and clubs where MPD is not present, those with fake IDs are usually just rejected entry. Students going to parties and bars need to be smart. They should leave if a party is too loud and avoid using fake IDs at bars with a reputation for being strict or having an ID scanner.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Smoking marijuana in the dorms
  • Using a fake ID

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 93 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 101 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 14% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 62% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 21% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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