Campus Strictness

Erie, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$20,794 ($13,900)
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Penn State
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3 College Student

Campus Strictness: The school policies on campus are taken very seriously. You may be given a pass the first time one is broken but after that you may not be so lucky.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The only real problems come in with Parking and Dorm Visitation. Keycard entry increases security, but makes it difficult to visit friends.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Penn State is a dry campus, regardless of age.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: The level of strictness on campus, is dually noted and respected; for the most part. The campus police are really big on alcohol and drugs in the dorm rooms and on campus; if they find you with it, it's an automatic referral and contract violation. Which I think is smart and responsible. Some teachers are pretty strict on attendance and some could careless. They leave the decision to do well in the class up to the students. Penn State is very big on plagiarism and doing your own honest work. Visitation is great, there are no real rules except to escort your guest out. The noise regulations could be better enforced. When it's quiet hours, many people just don't care and continue to speak loudly or even scream and blast music and not care about others.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus police and underage drinking in the dorms are fairly strict, but for good reason. The rules are in place to keep people safe, so the rules are necessary.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 484th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 800th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 858th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandra Johnston
Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Some students say campus is not strict at all and the campus police don’t go looking to get people in trouble, while others seem to think that the campus police are pretty strict. When it comes to drinking, campus police will enforce the rules if you are being stupid, but students drinking in their rooms usually have to deal with RAs rather than police. Some RAs are great and will not say a word if they catch you or even avoid trying to catch you, and others are very strict. The RAs in the freshman dorms are more likely to refer students than in the upperclassman dorms, mostly because all freshman dorms are dry, while all others are not. When student gets referred, their RA writes up the situation, and if it involves drinking or drugs, the student usually has to have a meeting with a residence life coordinator. The first offense and often the second are just slaps on the wrist, but a student who has multiple offenses in a semester may be put on contract review for their housing. Drinking is often not punished badly at all, while drugs will receive harsher punishment. The police usually don't get involved unless there are fights, property destruction, or if a person puts him/herself in danger. A lot of students like to party at UGates, where there are no RAs. Parties there are much less likely to get broken up, and security guards usually just tell loud apartments to keep it down. Be aware, though, that if it gets too out of hand, the state cops are just down the road and they will issue underages.

New students who drink should do it in an area where they are more likely to be caught by an RA than a cop. But you’ll want to scope out the situation first. If the RA on duty seems like the type who would allow students to get away with something, then try to work something out with him or her if you get caught. If your RA seems strict, then it is probably best to head to the on-campus apartments or UGates.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Biking on campus without a permit
  • Drinking underage
  • Parking in the wrong place
Visitation Policies
There are no strict visitation rules here.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 14 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 21 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 10% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 57% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 33% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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