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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The college is not very strict about non-academic rules such as drinking. They are more concerned with the students being safe.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Oberlin does a great job of making sure that students are safe while still understanding that it's college in a small town with little else to do.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Oberlin college is not very all. As long as you're not endangering a lot of people, a lot of things fly here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are pretty lenient regarding most illegal activities, which is nice for people who want to participate in said activities.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I haven't yet encountered Safety & Security outside of being polite to officers on patrol, but I have occasionally wished they would make their presence a little bit more known to some members of the campus community. I live on the main quad, and it's fairly noisy all night most nights, which is irritating. On the other hand, I've found they have a good rapport with the community, so obviously what they're doing works.


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  • 162nd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 305th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 821st
    Best Campus Police

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Veronica Colegrove
Cincinnati, Ohio
Latin/Computer science
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Generally, students aren't overly aware of the presence of Safety and Security officers on campus unless they explicitly ask for trouble. Many freshmen and sophomores will tell you stories about mad scrambles to hide beer when Safety and Security came knocking on their door, but that only happens if you're being too loud, or someone in your dorm knows what you're up to and decides to snitch on you. In terms of breaking up off-campus parties, Safety and Security only interferes when parties are out of hand, and neighbors complain. Obviously, if you avoid breaking policies, you won't have a problem with campus security. On the other hand, if you stay quiet and to yourself, you usually won't have any problems either.

The worst run-ins most students have with Safety and Security is if they are caught drinking underage. Oberlin has strict policies about drugs and alcohol, so if you're into any mind-and-spirit-altering substances, steer clear of on-campus events, such as Drag Ball and Safer Sex Night, when Safety and Security officers are on the lookout for mischief. Besides drugs and alcohol, Safety and Security cracks down hard on perpetrators of sexual violence-for obvious reasons. In all situations, keeping things under control is the main key to avoiding confrontations with Safety and Security. And, they are there for you if you need them or have a problem. Their main concern is the safety of the students. This may require them busting you, or busting the person giving you a hard time.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Aggressively protesting
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles and incense in your dorm
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Parking illegally
  • Public indecency
  • Streaking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 29 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 34 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 3% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 59% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 35% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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