Campus Strictness

Washington, DC
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: the campus overall is not very strict.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: the campus and more specifically the dorms are very strict when it comes to what we can and cannot do. they are pretty lenient when it comes to doing study hall and stuff like that

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: I feel that Howard does a pretty good job at maintaining privacy rights for students while also making sure regulation is broken or abused. they aren't too interested in ruining the fun but they are conscious of the behavior and while stop everything if they feel like things aren't going like they are suppose to. People get caught with drugs and they are out, just because there isn't much tolerance of that on campus, but things like noise complaints and visitation, they aren't too bad.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: It's strict when it comes to visitation in dorms. It's a dry campus but that doesn't mean students don't drink on or around campus. Students are told to be aware of their surroundings at all times as it is not in the best of neighborhoods.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I have not encountered any strictness on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 927th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 947th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1372nd
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
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There are always policemen around campus, but their presence is by no means overwhelming. Unless they've been invited to give speeches or administer specific warnings to students, there isn't much interaction between the campus police and the students. When students do commit minor violations like illegal parking, officers are usually somewhat understanding, all depending on the nature of the violation. Since most parties are off campus, in clubs, or someone's house, the school's social scene is somewhat detached from the rest of the campus. Sometimes you have to look for the parties, but they are there, and there's little chance of the city police or campus police coming to break it up, unless of course something goes wrong and someone at the party actually calls them for help.

On the occasions that students have been caught violating the University's code of conduct-which includes a zero-tolerance policy for weapons, drugs, and alcohol on the campus-they are either suspended or expelled, as dictated by the policy. These instances, however, are few and far between, because every Howard student realizes that they operate within a circle of trust. And once you find yourself outside of the circle's circumference, there's no going back.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Burning incense or candles
  • Drug possession
  • Drunk driving
  • Jaywalking
  • Underage drinking
  • Weapon possession
Visitation Policies
In order for visitors to stay overnight, residents must submit an Extended Visitation Request Form to their respective dormitory community director. Forms must be submitted a week prior to the arrival of their guest. Residents are only allowed to have two guests at a time. Additionally, guests are only allowed to stay in the dormitory from Friday through Sunday.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 151 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 163 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 15% 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.
  • 20% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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