Campus Strictness

Decorah, IA
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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They do what is right.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Luther is quite distinctly a community where the students and faculty cooperate in mutual respect. Professors are understanding and willing to discuss options with students, and they in turn are generally motivated to attend classes on time and duly prepared.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I think Luther does a good job of balancing strictness with keeping student's safe.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Our school is strict where it needs to be and lenient when appropriate. There are times, however, when mountains need not be made into mole hills. Seriously.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It varies from topic to topic, but probably the one thing Luther is most strict about are the research topics students choose, because they are extremely picky about what Luther's name appears on.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 245th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 655th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 874th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

William Morris
Wausau, WI
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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Students are pretty split down the middle about campus strictness. The only thing that can be agreed on is that getting caught is entirely dependent on the individual. There are some tensions between campus security and students, mostly due to some students' thinking that security doesn’t do much for them. In reality, the student police officers (“SPO cops”) do a lot of good for the campus community, such as keeping nonstudents and townies off campus or jumpstarting cars in the winter. They know that students want to have fun, and as long as they’re responsible about it, SPO cops aren’t going to rain on your parade

Overall, it’s more about respect and responsibility at Luther than it is about rules. Along with the SPO cops, resident assistants in dorms have the power to bust students, but most choose to use that power to keep students acting normally rather than to keep them from enjoying themselves. Even so, if you’re caught by an RA doing something really dumb, you may be written up with further charges and possible meetings to follow. Too many infractions from either the SPO cops or the RAs will result in a student being put on probation or getting kicked off campus. Although this sounds strict, it’s much better than the alternative of the Decorah police, who lick their chops at the chance to bust any and all college students they can.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
Violating parking regulations-if you own a car at Luther, chances are you already have a fine stuck under your windshield . . . seriously, go check right now.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 26 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 31 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 10% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 58% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 29% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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