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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's strict just like any other school. But if you don't go wild it will be fine.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Students love their booze here. "Work hard play hard" atmosphere. Campus, although always complaining about student's drinking more than other schools, doesn't have strict policies and you have to work hard to get points from Campus Safety.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: HAH. as If. Social strictness? Very little. If an RA sees you with a drink outside, they'll just ask you to dump it, no questions asked. Academic strictness, however, is more present. The Honor Code is in place so most of my tests haven't been proctored, but if you do cheat, there are harsh penalties.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strong Honor Code, Campus Safety Department Useless – Many exams at Hamilton are not proctored. There is a strong honor code. Students do not, by and large, cheat on exams. Doing so is strongly looked down upon by the entire community.

The campus safety office is largely useless, more for show than anything. For the most part, the resident advisers are the ones who actually check up on dorm parties and the like. Most of what campus safety does is respond to fire alarms (eventually), give parking tickets, and lock buildings at the end of the day. They are not a significant deterring factor when it comes to drugs and alcohol because students quickly figure out how to get around them.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Understanding but Not Pushovers – Hamilton has a point system which punishes those who commit multiple minor offenses but is not overly strict to people who have no record of policy violations. The college makes a huge effort to keep people safe on campus, even if they have violated college policies. There is no punishment for those who must go to the hospital, so students are encouraged to get help when they need it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 313rd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 567th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 827th
    Best Campus Police

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Sophie Vershbow
New York City
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Most offenses result in a slap on the hand. The Campus Safety and Residential Life staff are fairly relaxed when it comes to misbehavior. Generally, Campus Safety officers will just ask you to turn down your music if you are being too loud in the dorms. It is rare for students to be written up for being loud, unless the officer is in an especially bad mood or the same room has received many warnings. If your dorm is enforcing quiet hours (usually during midterm and finals week), the punishments are much worse. An easy way to solve this is to bring a set of headphones, that way you don't disturb your neighbors or make your room a hotspot for Campus Safety.

Finals week and orientation week are dry-weeks, meaning there is no alcohol allowed on campus. During those weeks, you will be written up, even if you're over 21. Walking around with an open container is probably the worst thing you can do. Open containers in public areas will get you into just as much trouble on campus as it can out in the real world. If you're just having a drink with a few friends in private and not getting rowdy, you won't have any problems. When you are written up for your first offense, a meeting with the Residential Life staff is called. If the infraction was particularly bad or it is a second offense, the consequence is social probation. Being written up while on social probation usually leads to a semester-long suspension. Lots of campus officers are fairly lenient towards students and will warn you even for a somewhat serious infraction. However, if you catch an officer in a bad mood or on a night where they had to write up several students, you're probably going to be written up.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being in possession of 30 racks
  • Drinking during a dry week (finals and orientation week)
  • Having fire hazards in the dorm room, such as halogen lights, extension cords, incense, and candles
  • Illegally parking-campus safety loves to ticket cars
  • Sending out all-campus e-mails, especially if it's about a lost jackets or keys.
  • Turning your stereo up too high during a dorm party

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 17 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 22 responses

  • 41% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 45% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 14% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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