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Saint Peter, MN
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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I'm a pretty well behaved kid, and the campus safety officers are pretty reasonable in my opinion on how they handle things and I haven't seen a case where they've been overly strict. Gustavus is very good when it comes to the safety of students and enforcing common sense policies.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus Safety is really good at responding to anything. They are respectful and discrete when handling any sort of violation. They are respectful to students and want students to respect them. We have a lot of drinking on campus. They do their best to find the help students need.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The college is fairly strict when it comes to their policies like honor code, underage drinking, and noise restrictions.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They're pretty strict against all the typical stuff like drugs and alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Truly as long as you are respectful and responsible you will not get in trouble. You must learn how to play the rules but be a responsible adult about it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 488th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1021st
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1107th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Olson
Moorhead, MN
History and Scandinavian Studies
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Double-parking in a fire lane
  • Drinking alcohol outside permitted areas
  • Driving on the sidewalk
  • Having incense or candles in your dorm room
  • Parking in an undesignated parking lot
  • Removing the screens from your dorm windows
  • Underage drinking
  • Violating noise regulations
Visitation Policies
Rarely enforced, visitors of the opposite sex are supposed to leave by 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday in upperclassman dorms. On weekends, 24-hour visitation is allowed. For first-years, visitors of the opposite sex are allowed until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on the weekends.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 38 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 44 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 64% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 32% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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