Campus Strictness

Location
Atlanta, GA
Undergrads
971
Tuition
$30,150
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't think they are strict at all.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are times when they are strict and times when they are lenient. It really just depends on the situation and the time.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Some things like the noise is treated too leniently.

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus safety does nothing. People have been doing drugs in the dorm and nothing has been done about it. There have been noise complaints and nothing is done. They'll let just about anyone on campus. etc.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I'm not really sure about this, but from what I hear from other students, they are pretty strict.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 20th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 155th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1318th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The rules at Oglethorpe may sound strict at first, but once students arrive on campus, they'll realize that many of these rules go unenforced. One rule that is taken very seriously, though, is the school's Honor Code. This code is supposed to stop students from cheating on tests, plagiarizing, etc. Students are supposed to write it on all the works they hand in or risk the work not getting graded; many teachers, however, are willing to bend this rule and grade the papers regardless of whether or not they see the code.

Several students feel that the Campus Safety Team is slow on taking student requests, and that the disciplinarians are more entertaining than strict. The RAs are fairly flexible, but if a student does something seriously wrong or somehow seriously violates policy, then the RA will report it. The same is true of teachers, as well as most of the students. There isn't much reason to break the rules, though; they are fairly easy to follow and are mainly a matter of common sense and good judgement.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating on tests
  • Climbing buildings
  • Drinking
  • Driving too fast
  • Parking in the wrong place
  • Smoking pot
  • Stealing
  • Vandalizing school property
Visitation Policies
Rules regarding visitation here are very lenient, though they vary slightly between the freshmen dorms and the upperclassmen dorms. Freshmen students are allowed to have a guest of the opposite sex between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. as long as their roommate gives the OK. Upperclassmen, however, can have the same guest over at any point during the week (though once again, they must first receive the OK from roommates). A max of three visitors are allowed per visit.

If the RA is notified in advance, a visitor of the same sex can be registered to stay overnight for a maximum of three nights. Registration allows the campus to know where or with whom the visitor is in the event of an emergency. As a host/hostess, the student is responsible for his/her guest, and therefore must escort them at all times while on campus and inform them of standard Oglethorpe rules and procedures.

Gatehouse Security Procedures: The arm-gate operates between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. daily unless otherwise stated by the Director of Campus Safety (such as during holidays when it runs 24/7). A vehicle must have a valid parking permit (showing the current school year) in order to be freely admitted onto campus. Between 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., a vehicle without a valid permit will not be allowed on campus unless the following is done: (1) The driver and his passengers, if not accompanied by a student, must show a photo ID which will be recorded into the vehicle registration log; (2) The student whom the visitors wish to see must be called to verify his guests. If this does not happen after two attempts, then the visitors will be denied; this will also happen after 2 a.m. if the host doesn't come to the Welcome Center to greet them.

If a student is in the vehicle, confirmation of the occupants is easier; the student can confirm his own guests by signing them into the registration log along with his name, residence hall room, phone number, and the time.

Guest Lists: Members of Greek Row can provide a guest list of non-OU visitors for a social function, thereby allowing individuals on the list to check into campus after showing ID. However, the fraternities and sororities must inform their guests that they cannot bring any person not on the list.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 33 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 31 responses

  • 6% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 3% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 71% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 19% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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