Campus Strictness

Boston, MA
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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Just don't be stupid. There's lots of drug and alcohol use, and most of it occurs off-campus, but if you do things in the dorms, just don't be an idiot. Don't go running around the halls, don't play loud obnoxious music, don't post about it online. If you do any of those things you'll get caught. Just use some common sense.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: MassArt is a state funded school so there's little room for tom foolery. Usually only campus police are the only ones involved in violations- in the dorms it's 3 offense system, on the 3rd offense you will lose housing. RAs check up on floors at night so be mindful of them if you're all sorts of messed up.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have never had the need to really go to the campus police, and whenever something happens students are alerted by a system that texts your phone for any current dangers or threats to and around the school. E-mails are also sent around from public safety and numbers we can call all the time. There is a shuttle that always runs on the hour to take students home whenever they need to if they cannot access the public transport for any reason.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not Strict at All – MassArt is not really strict with anything. Students aren't allowed to drink on campus and if they're caught they're just talked to by an official and the drink is confiscated. I haven't seen any harsh punishments yet, but people also don't break rules that much. Everyone is pretty great about that.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Seems Pretty Fair to Me – I personally don't participate in any drinking or drug use. But from what I've heard and seen, the school does what it can to abide by the law when it comes to underaged drinking and drugs. I believe if you are caught drinking underaged, you have to write an essay about it and attend several school hosted AA meetings. It sounds kinda silly now that I think about it. but I'm glad the school does SOMETHING about it.


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  • 256th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1062nd
    Best Campus Police
  • 1333rd
    Strictest Honor Code

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Daria Bukesova
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MassArt is definitely not a strict campus. To be kicked out of the dorms it takes getting caught three times. There are rules that need to be followed, but its not that hard to get along. A lot of students bend the rules, but within limits. (Some students manage to be kicked out anyway, though.) The most common offenses are when people get caught for smoking or drinking in their room. After being caught once, RA's usually check up on those people more often. Campus police seems very relaxed, but it doesn't mean they're not watching.

Students usually don't get in trouble for breaking small rules if they are smart about it. In Smith Hall, for example, those who are not in the kitchen suites are not allowed to have any heating appliances, but many the students ignores this rule. As long as RA's don't find out, students don't get on trouble. And if they do, they just have it taken away. 

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
Smoking or drinking in your dorm room
Visitation Policies
Each student can sign in three guess during the day and only one night guest, unless the student has signed permission by his roommate and Residence Director. Overnight guests can't stay for more then three consecutive nights and 15 days total per semester.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 20 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 28 responses

  • 7% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 43% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 43% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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