Most students are familiar with stories of "CFs from Hell," hiding from Campus Safety, and the popular noise violation. That being said, most students have few qualms with Gustavus' discipline policies. Gustavus is a lenient, flexible, and understanding school in regards to "strictness." Its basic concern is the safety of students. This means that while students can drink, they must follow Gustavus' consumption guidelines. If they are underage and overdrink with their underage friends, they can call Campus Safety for help without worry that they or their friends will get drinking violations. For other offenses, never is the head resident's word final. Students have the ability to appeal to the Student Conduct Board made up of students and faculty who will hear the appeal and decide if punishment should follow. Students might not know how lucky they are when compared to other schools. Rarely will actual legal action be taken if students are found with marijuana or drinking underage.
Gustavus has trust and respect for its students, allowing them to partake in everything from the biannual streaking in the caf during finals to allocating soft punishments for first-time violators of the alcohol and marijuana policies. Gustavus believes students are happiest when they're allowed their freedom, but the school ensures their safety by enforcing policies when students' decisions threaten their well-being. The overall atmosphere is a trusting leniency with the main concern resting on protecting students from themselves and others.