Campus Strictness

Harrisonburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,932 ($4,642)
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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I haven't had too much experience myself with the campus strictness however there is a three strike rule if you are caught abusing substances and I do know people who have gotten strikes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long you don't harm anything or anyone else, mostly the police will leave you alone

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I feel that JMU is very strict with underage alcohol assumption. JMU is also extremely strict with parking and students are constantly getting tickets.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You have to abide by JMU Honor code but you can still have fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Strictness is just average. I don't feel like any officers are out to get me in trouble. They just look out to make sure no one is getting hurt.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 154th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1137th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1324th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
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JMU has recently cracked down on the spate of underage drinking and drug use widely adopted by the JMU student body. Recently, JMU introduced a strike system that penalizes students for visibly engaging in illegal activities. When you get caught drinking the first time, your parents are informed by letter. The second and third times can bring a more severe punishment. JMU is trying to bolster the message that underage drinking is, in fact, illegal under the law.

Campus police have also stepped up on patrolling the apartments and dorms, especially if a noise violation is imminent. There are also cases of undercover police that investigate drug use. Students tread carefully when inside their dorms and usually wait until they’re at an apartment or house for partying. Most of the time, the campus police simply oversee the current state-of-affairs, with Halloween and Saint Patrick’s Day being the only exceptions.

Campus strictness also comes in another form: parking enforcement. Police seem to be hovered around any and all metered parking and illegal parking spots. If you decide to run into Festival to grab dinner, do not make the mistake of parking near a fire hydrant. Police seem to be especially stringent and ruthless when giving out tickets.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk in public
  • Not having a parking pass
  • Not stopping at crosswalks
  • Parking illegally
  • Running stoplights
  • Stealing trays from D-Hall
  • Streaking the Quad
  • Underage drinking
  • Violating noise codes
  • Violating the honor code

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 114 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 119 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 8% 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.
  • 37% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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