Campus Strictness

Amherst, MA
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think Hampshire is very fair in terms of school policy. Academically they are quick to intervene if a student is falling behind (because who doesn't want some help when they're struggling?), and your advisor or the Center for Academic Support and Advising will schedule a meeting with you. Socially, campus police will intervene if you're doing something dangerous to yourself or someone else. They also technically have to break up parties after quiet hours (2am), but if it's a registered party, campus police aren't going to break it up early (unless something dangerous is going on, but that's never happened when I've been to a party. It's always just happened because it was after 2am).

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If you are respectful of others and are smart about your limits, you'll be fine. No one tries to get others into trouble, you only get in trouble if you deserve it.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It's a great atmosphere. You'll feel safe and free.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus Police is not very strict about drug use or drinking as long as it is done discreetly and respectfully. However, they have been cracking down recently since more people have become uncomfortable with the drug use at Hampshire.

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5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus officers and student life are very fair when it comes to drinking and drugs. You get one free pass and after that they start cracking down.
However, academically, if you miss even one one class you can be denied an evaluation. Personally I think it's a fair system.


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  • 51st
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 839th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1200th
    Strictest Honor Code

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Tal Schechter
Stamford, CT
Health, Science, and Technology
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Many students are more or less worried than they should be when dealing with Public Safety. They are not here to prosecute students—they are here to ensure student safety. If there is a dangerous situation, Public Safety is there to sort it out and not to throw punishments around.

When someone gets caught on minor drug violations, a warning or “housing probation” is often issued. This basically means that a student cannot be caught again during the probationary period, or they will lose their housing. This second part is usually not enforced unless someone is dealing. If you mind your own business, are considerate, and are not too obvious, you should be fine.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too noisy
  • Drinking alcohol in public areas
  • Parking in the wrong place
  • Violating smoking policies

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 16 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 19 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 11% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 53% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 37% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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