Campus Strictness

Normal, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$20,016 ($12,726)
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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It is not too strict.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think that ISU could enforce drug and drinking laws much better and have never heard of a parking ticket being issued despite common violations.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: I am aware that there are certain school policies, but I think that most students ignore them and continue on with what they feel they need to do whether it is legal/illegal or right/wrong.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There not bad. only problem i have had was with alcohol and the police were stepping there boundaries a bit.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: School policies are enforced, but it's not so uptight as to other campuses


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  • 1118th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1318th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1406th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Nelligan
Lake Zurich, IL
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Even though Illinois State University is a public university, there is still a lot of campus strictness when dealing with the dorms. ISU is a dry campus, so the alcohol policies are very strict. Every semester, students are required to read over the alcohol and drug policy for reference. Alcohol is not allowed in the dorms, except in Atkin-Colby and Hamilton-Whitten if the resident is over the age of 21. Underage drinking is especially strict at ISU. If RAs suspect drinking in the dorms, they can either give students a citation or call the campus police. If the RAs suspect drug use, they will always call the campus police. Drinking tickets come at a hefty price of $250 for the first offense and an alcohol awareness class. The Normal Police Department works with the ISU Police Department to patrol the campus and break up parties if needed.

Checking in to dorms is also another hassle. The Night Operations (Night Ops) is a group of students and other community members who work between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. by checking students' IDs and room keys. If a student needs into a dorm building between these hours, they are required to show their ID and room key. The Night Ops will check their verification and let them in. Students are only allowed two guests, and they must show two proofs of identification (one must be a photo). Night Ops is very strict with this policy and will turn people away if they are unable to check or sign in.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking in the dorms
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Making too much noise during "Quiet Hours"
  • Parking illegally
  • Possessing a fake ID
  • Possessing drugs
  • Possessing open alcohol containers
  • Underage drinking
  • Urinating in public
  • Vandalizing school property
  • Violating visitation regulations in dorms
Visitation Policies
Between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m., all guests must be accompanied by a resident of that particular hall. In Madison House (Watterson Towers), male visitors must always be escorted by a woman.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 117 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 142 responses

  • 8% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 24% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 54% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 14% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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