Campus Strictness

New York, NY
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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: You need to show your ID to get into any building on campus - it's Manhattan, and it's understandable why they do that. Some of the guards are cool, some are miserable, but they don't really affect the student experience, especially if you live off campus. The NYPD is more of a hassle.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: They are strict for things that matter. No alcohol and drugs.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Academically NYU is very strict. Attendance is very important, and if you're going to drink in the dorms, students just have to be smart about it I suppose.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It is the perfect amount of enforcement. The policies are strict enough to keep everyone safe without ruining everyones college experience.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Having a campus in the middle of Manhattan requires a high level of strictness in order to protect the students and faculty. Having to have an ID to get into every single building or having very strict visitation rules may be annoying at times, especially if you are running late for class and forgot your ID, but we all know that it is for the good of the school and therefore necessary.

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  • 1037th
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  • 1359th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Victoria Adesoba
Downtown Brooklyn
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The truth is if you stay out of trouble, you may never really have an encounter with any of the public guards during your stay at NYU (besides showing them your ID daily of course, without which, you will not be allowed to enter any campus building). Often, students say that campus strictness is not very harsh, but everything’s relative. Some RAs and other campus officials are worse than others, but most students agree that if you are careful, you can get away with whatever it is you are doing. Mostly, students are busted for smoking (pot and cigarettes), drinking, or being too loud in their dorm rooms.

If you respect yourself and your fellow students, you most likely will not get in trouble. Campus police are rarely involved with students who misbehave in the dorms, so mind your RA, if he or she seems strict. You are unlikely to get in trouble with campus police if you act low-key. The best part of NYU being a private institution is that everything is handled internally. If you are caught drinking underage or with illegal substances, NYPD never hears of it—NYU takes care of reprimanding you within its own system.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Bringing food/drinks into the computer labs
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Drinking underage
  • Having pets in your dorm room
  • Having prohibited furniture, appliances, or candles in your dorm
  • Partying too loudly in your dorm room
  • Signing in too many people
  • Smoking in the stairways
  • Smoking pot in your dorm room
  • Sneaking past a security guard in any NYU building without showing ID
  • Throwing things out of your window
Visitation Policies
Short-term guests (people who only stay for a few hours) are allowed at any time, but must sign-in and be approved by roommates. Residents are allowed no more than three overnight guests for no more than three consecutive nights.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 194 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 211 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 64% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 32% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.


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