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South Hadley, MA
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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: They are really nice and forgiving. They aren't always strict but they do a good job enforcing the law.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Our administration is not naive about what goes on campus but they prefer that everyone trust them and the policies reflect that emphasizing student safety over punishment, granted with violations there is always a disciplinary aspect.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus police are responsive and are there all the time. People drink, but they are strict about having alcohol in public.

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.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

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Alessandra Hickson
Philadelphia, PA
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 44 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 53 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 25% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 70% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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