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Washington, DC
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2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Our campus can be strict, but oftentimes in areas that don't matter much, like visitation.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Howard's campus is one of the few campuses in the DC area that has a pretty strict visitation policy still in use. Also, Howard just recently made a new policy that Sophomores will have to live on campus in addition to the Freshmen.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There is no university code for attendance- it is based on the professor. Either the professor has a system where x amount of absences decreases your final grade by 10 points (or good attendance increases it), or the professor doesn't take attendance and it's your responsibility. If you have an issue that impacts your attendance, everyone is good about dealing with it.

Drinking: howard is technically a "dry campus" but students drink all the time. If people (RAs, admins, professors, police) see it, they will take it away, but it is easy to hide so it's easy to get away with. Drugs aren't as open but it happens.

Visitation rules are ridiculous. In most of the dorms, only Howard students can visit, and even then, it is during specific hours.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Drugs are like whatever. If you do them then cool, if not cool too. Just be aware and smart about what you do around campus. Visitation is a joke. But whatever.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It's alright, definitely take every warning seriously because you don't want to be the one to ruin visitation for your whole dorm.


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

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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 173 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 184 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 16% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 65% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 18% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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