Campus Strictness

University Park, PA
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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I live off campus so I'm unsure about policies in the dorms. I know parking enforcement is strict on campus. The honor code is enforced strictly in all my classes and taken very seriously.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school policies are pretty good to maintain a conducive environment for learning

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus and downtown police are too strict with underage drinking.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have not had many run ins with the cops. But if you drink and drive ON CAMPUS they will get you, they will not be happy when they do. And if you yell or say smart ass remarks to them while they are trying to talk to your drunk ass they will get very very mad at you and yell back and then put you in holding and call your parents. *as someone who say the new freshman orientation during the 4th of July party scene. Dont be stupid/

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Visitation in dorms is very very lenient. You are able to have any one you want over. However, if caught with alcohol or drugs in the dorm there can be very serious consequences.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 744th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 754th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1027th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

James Bunting
Whitehall, PA
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Campus authority at Penn State can be strict. Pranks, illegal acts in the dorms, and more are taken very seriously, and the University will make an example of students who are caught. While the University police are rarely the source of student complaints, they're not known for being sympathetic. It's best to keep your on-campus nonsense quiet, or else move it downtown.

When it comes to general downtown rowdiness, most of the local police expect it and won't harass each and every drunken college student-they'd never get any sleep if they did. However, if you're caught being especially rowdy and too inebriated for your own good, you will be taken in. Being cited for underage drinking or providing to minors means a hefty fine and a required class about the dangers of alcohol. Although Penn State is a party school, this doesn't mean the students have free license to do whatever they want; the town does take public disturbances and lawbreaking very seriously, and police are constantly on patrol during the weekends and holidays.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Smoking marijuana in the dorms
  • Urinating in public
  • Vandalism

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 308 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 314 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 4% 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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