New College operates under the assumption of possessing intelligent and responsible community members. There is quite a bit of social and individual self-policing involved. However, the "New College bubble" is not hermetically sealed, even though it might seem so at times. Students are encouraged to report suspicious outsiders. There are no student curfews and very few regulations enforced in the dorms other than a "no pet" rule and fire codes. Many students report feeling safe and secure on campus because of the trust they have in their fellow students. When an outsider defaces New College property or harasses a student, the campus will unite in outrage.
New College of Florida’s mission is one that trusts the individual, and it is a student-centered campus. The administration takes grievances seriously when proposed by the student government. Rules are created in the most direct democratic fashion possible for an institution of higher education. The campus provides a very safe environment. Few incidents occur, the most common being bike theft. As long as this trend continues, the student body will retain power over the affairs of its education and lifestyle. This freedom is rare and nearly impossible to obtain at other schools.