Campus Strictness

Columbus, OH
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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The strictness varies here. As long as you are not causing any major disturbances, you should be fine. They do check dorms for drugs and alcohol at the end of the semester and excessive noisiness in the dorms is not permitted.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Treat students like adults, plenty of freedeom

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They don't seem to have their priorities in line with what is actually important or not.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: OSU tried to implement a smoking ban across campus, but I honestly didn't think the issue was prevalent until the "ban" was implemented. They're pretty good about enforcing rules on illegal drugs, but not so much on tobacco.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't want people to think that things here are out of control and unsupervised but my freshman year I never once got caught drinking, never once was afraid of being caught. I went out every weekend and at time would have a couple friends over my dorm to drink and play games and I never got caught. RA's aren't looking for trouble, but if you are obvious about it then they will write you up.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 741st
    Best Campus Police
  • 1108th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1361st
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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Though students often disagree about the strictness of University regulations, there is no denying that you can and will get arrested if you're causing a disturbance or are heavily under the influence of an illegal substance. Most cops and University police will issue warnings before an actual arrest, but don't take this for lenience. If any type of law enforcement officer gives you a warning, consider yourself lucky and change your ways. Given OSU's past history of misconduct and rioting, it's understandable that security will come down hard on anyone they believe to be a threat to public safety.

The residence halls strictly regulate access-after 9 p.m., you cannot get into any hall other than your own (or any hall at all, if you live off campus). RAs will generally let you do your own thing, though, provided you're not disturbing anyone else. The best thing to keep in mind is courtesy to those around you; even if you don't have an 8 a.m. class, the girl living below you might. Excessive noise is one of the easiest ways to get caught breaking the rules by an RA, and you can actually be evicted for too many violations. While University police are relatively lax, it's not wise to push the boundaries. Officers will hesitate to arrest an underage student who has had one or two alcoholic beverages, since they would be setting a difficult standard to follow; if you're causing a public disturbance, however, they won't waste any time singling you out. Strictness is nothing to worry about at OSU, provided you keep your partying to a reasonable level.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Illegal parking
  • Indecent exposure
  • Lighting candles in your room
  • Not respecting "courtesy hours"
  • Playing music too loud
  • Public intoxication
  • Public urination
  • Underage drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 220 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 244 responses

  • 1% 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.
  • 37% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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