Campus Strictness

Location
South Hadley, MA
Undergrads
2,290
Tuition
$41,456
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Staff members,various Academic Deans and CA's try to enact fair policies regarding academics and dorm life.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Stay quiet, and you can do what you want. Make your choices loud and obvious and you will be shut down. Students who do not like noise or smelling weed do not hesitate to narc, and often call campus police directly instead of talking to a CA.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The guest policy for guests could be a little more lenient, but otherwise it is a fair policy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is some strictness. For example, they don't seem to be extremely strict about visitors or about who is on campus; there are a limited number of video surveillance cameras and many people from the town like to walk the campus with their dogs. However, they are VERY strict about parking. There is a variety. Supposedly the school is strict with the honor code but that doesn't seem to stop people from violating it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus police are meant to protect students from harm. Thankfully there are no major threats in the small town of South Hadley to cause these policemen and women to worry and so they lounge around campus and mostly help students get back into their dorms when locked out. Drugs and alcohol usage are strictly forbidden. Also the honor code is also a big deal on campus. At the beginning of the semester, freshmen take an oath to follow the code and if they are caught cheating on self-scheduled finals or plagiarizing the punishment may be costly.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Best Campus Police
  • 106th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 656th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alessandra Hickson
Hometown
Philadelphia, PA
Major
Art History
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There isn’t much consensus on just what exactly Public Safety busts people for. Sure, there are the Public Safety logs, published faithfully every week in the Mount Holyoke News, the student-run newspaper, but those are filled mostly with accounts of suspicious males being escorted off campus, intoxicated or ill students being transported to the Health Center, and the occasional group of students who light a box on fire and then leave the area. Mount Holyoke does have a drug and alcohol policy, but few students take the time to read it, and many violations go unnoticed by Public Safety. If your party is too loud or otherwise attracts attention, you might get busted for underage drinking if they come to break it up, but otherwise, it’s easy not to get caught.

However, don’t take this as a sign that MHC Public Safety is lax. This is generally a dry campus. Alcohol is not a particularly visible feature of campus life—students who do drink tend to do so discreetly—and there are many who don’t drink at all. Parking tickets are, on the other hand, common. It’s pretty easy to get one, even if you thought you were going to get away with leaving your car parked in the no-parking zone in front of your dorm for five minutes while you ran in to grab something. While most of what Public Safety cites students for is pretty minor, it’s good to know they’re around should they really be needed.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Harassing another student via e-mail or phone
  • Having candles or other prohibited items in your room
  • Holding a party that's too loud or too wild
  • Parking in the wrong place
  • Stealing
  • Underage or excessive drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 41 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 50 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 22% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 72% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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