Campus Strictness

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They hand out a lot of parking tickets from what I've noticed. Also, be careful with having alcohol.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are good policies around campus that ensure student safety and success

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't really know what to think about the strictness. It's all average

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Although not as lenient as other schools, knowing that we are one of the safest schools in the nation makes up for it.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are regularly parties on the weekends, but during the week the get togethers are smaller and less disturbing.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1224th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1267th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1299th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Audrey Rosenau
Rochester Hills, MI
Hospitality and Tourism
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Since Grand Valley is in the middle of the small town of Allendale, it really is like its own city. Word spreads quickly, so be careful who you tell certain things to. Drinking and drug use are common mostly on the weekends for the "party" crowd. Noise complaints are the most reported in on- and off-campus housing. Most police units will just break up the loud party and send everyone home. Police are not likely to bust you for anything—unless you have been drinking underage at a party or reek of illegal substances.

The police at Grand Valley State are parking-ticket magicians. They really have nothing else better to do than sit and wait for meters to expire or drive around in parking lots to find people without permits. Tickets are generally low in cost, but they are annoying once you accumulate enough of them.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Parking in the wrong lot
  • Parking without a permit
  • Underage drinking or possessing alcohol
Visitation Policies
There are no strict visitation rules at all. Basically, you just need permission from your roommate(s), and all guests must obey University rules.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 168 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 181 responses

  • 36% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 50% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 10% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.



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