Campus Strictness

Kent, OH
Tuition (in-state)
$17,632 ($9,672)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Some noise in honors dorms which have 24 hour quiet hours

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness at KSU is very good for the most part. I am a bit frustrated with how strict they are on parking though.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school makes sure that our school is safe as possible and if any threat is apparent, they police will put use in lock down to make sure our safety is secure before allowing us to leave the safety of out dorm rooms. In addition, even though visitation is on the lenient side, after a specific time, students must show their student IDs to get into the building, which I believe makes the dorms more safe at night.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Just don't do anything too stupid and you should be fine. Use your brain.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I would say that the Kent State University police and administration are exceptional when holding up the rules and regulations provided by the Kent Student Code of Conduct. Especially when talking about respecting the rights of other students and staff on campus!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1168th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1348th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1349th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Rasner
Sagamore Hills
Grad Year
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On campus, most incidents are dealt with by campus security aides or residence hall staff. Some authorities will be more lenient than others, so it's almost impossible to make any categorical assumptions about the repercussions of breaking campus policies. Keep in mind, however, that campus security and hall staff can always involve the police if a student is breaking a law—and they most likely will. However, on the whole, University Police Services is more concerned with drunk drivers and public disturbances than with smaller issues on campus. In town or on the streets, you're only likely to be stopped if you're causing a disturbance or are very obviously intoxicated. Most students are smarter than that, and can last their entire undergraduate career without having a run-in with security or the police. 

In the residence halls, quiet hours are enforced, although there are seldom serious consequences. Certain halls allow "of age" residents to possess alcohol, but its discovery in other dorms will lead to negative outcomes for all involved. However, only students causing notable disturbances are likely to be discovered. In general, there are relatively few incidents on the Kent State campus. If you do get into trouble, police and security personnel are generally understanding, and they'll most likely respect you if you respect them. However, students who are smart about the things they do and the ways that they go about doing them should have no problems.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being indecent in public
  • Being intoxicated in public
  • Drinking underage
  • Parking illegally
  • Possessing of drugs
  • Smoking in nonsmoking areas
  • Violating noise regulations
Visitation Policies
Visitation policies vary by residence hall. Some only allow visitors on weekends, and each hall has a limit on how many nights a visitor can stay in succession. Parking for residence hall visitors is free on the weekends, and between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays with a free visitor permit.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 178 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 185 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 9% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 51% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 38% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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