Campus Strictness

East Lansing, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$32,580 ($12,622)
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Some things are relatively strict, others do not enforce the rules whatsoever.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Michigan State University holds itself on the thought that it is a strict campus; however, there are always loopholes to every rule.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Codes must be followed, tight dorm security

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think that police and other administrators do a pretty good job at keeping our campus safe; bad things will happen anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Police can be very strict about alcohol, MIP's are handed out like candy. Also pretty strict on drug use. Noise violations are typically handled by RA's so it really depends.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 835th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1375th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1380th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel McElroy
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Overall, MSU police concern themselves more with keeping the campus safe than they do with picking up intoxicated minors—despite what some students insist. Generally, those who aren’t making a scene or doing anything openly illegal have little to worry about from campus police. It’s not unusual to hear of someone getting an MIP, but there are more people who drink than people who get punished for it. The students who have the biggest problems are the ones who continually break the law, though this is a small minority at MSU.

Many students were angered when a “party noise ordinance” was instituted, and a few students were fined several hundred dollars for playing music too loudly or for having a few too many friends over. The initial anger at the ordinance has since died down, and campus enforcement officials have been giving students more breaks as far as noise is concerned. It’s a tough job to protect an area the size of MSU’s campus, and the majority of students have the utmost respect for the MSU campus enforcement. As long as you take reasonable precautions against police run-ins, you should have little to worry about.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Speeding
  • Underage drinking
  • Violating parking regulations

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 191 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 229 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 11% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 66% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 21% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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