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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: We are a Catholic school, so they try to crack down on anyone who drinks or uses drugs in their dorm room. It depends on how strict your RA is- some don't care, some care a lot because they're trying to do their jobs. If you are caught drinking, you will get written up and maybe write a letter home to your parents. However, they know that drinking happens and hold mandatory seminars on how to take care of yourself if you were to attend a college party.

They are also extremely strict with parking- quite generous with the parking tickets. There isn't even anywhere for overnight visitors to park. My visiting friends had to resort to removing their license plates so that they couldn't get a ticket. My boyfriend has gotten multiple tickets, all of which he never had to pay because LMU is a private property and the tickets aren't government-enforced.

You aren't supposed to have visitors past 10 pm, but basically no dorms enforce it. The people at the front desk don't even care, so don't worry about that (:

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Our school is relatively average when it comes to policies they enforce, but parking and and drug use are topics that they focus on enforcing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Parking is very strict and tickets are given out easily.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus is pretty mellow for the most part. Basically, be smart about what you consume and how you handle yourself and you won't get into trouble.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: In my time at LMU I rarely saw security officers "busting" anyone. There were reports in the school paper of course, but the strictest practices centered around drug reports, vehicular violations and thefts off campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 464th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1074th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1373rd
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zacrie L. Scott
Long Beach, CA
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In spite of LMU's squeaky-clean Catholic school image, the students tend to get wild at times. Drinking, cheating, and speeding are all offenses with a various range of penalties. Speeding or other traffic violations result in a heavy fine, but more serious offenses like alcohol abuse and dishonesty land the offender in Judicial Affairs. Cheating is especially serious at LMU; the school employs a plagiarism investigator, and most professors at least threaten to use it.

At times, the campus seems overly strict. Public Safety officers are not lenient, so getting caught violating any of the University's numerous policies results in varying degrees of trouble. Students who end up in the Judicial Affairs system face fines, suspension, or expulsion. Some serious offenses include underage drinking, drug possession, drug use, cheating, reckless driving, and assault. Of these offenses, underage drinking and drug possession are the most common. Lesser offenses include phone or Internet harassment, minor theft, speeding, parking violations, and the general term "suspicious activity." Incidents involving violent crime are almost nonexistent. Due to the crackdown on alcohol and drug abuse on campus, students should exercise caution and common sense. Public Safety and Judicial Affairs are not known for being lenient.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating
  • Illegally downloading copyrighted music
  • Parking illegally
  • Smoking pot
  • Speeding
  • Underage drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 65 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 83 responses

  • 17% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 69% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 14% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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