Campus Strictness

Princeton, NJ
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The Honor Code is taken super seriously here, but then some things are very easy to get away with. Unless you are in substance-free housing, it is typically okay to have alcohol in your dorm. As far as underage drinking goes, you only have to be 18 to get into the Eating Clubs, and from there they don't ID anyone for beer. Even if someone underage gets drunk and has to go to McCosh (the clinic on campus), they don't punish them for being underage. They want people to feel comfortable getting professional help when drunk rather than being afraid of the consequences of being underaged and risking major health issues.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They have a safety first policy, which is excellent. If you bring someone to the health center who has had too much to drink, there is no punishment.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Public safety is pretty chill and there are almost no consequences for drinking

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: pretty much the only thing the school actually gets mad about is drugs other than alcohol--if someone files a noise complaint about a party in your room and public safety comes and you have alcohol, they won't care, you only get in trouble if you're rude to the officers.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The University is very lenient towards alcohol. The University is only concerned with students' safety and you won't get in trouble for calling for help for a friend in trouble. They will actually email you thanking you the next day.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 55th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 215th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 306th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen McCarthy
Mahwah, N.J.
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Few Princeton students will find themselves under the scrutiny of Princeton's campus police or University administration. Those students who do can be called in for any number of reasons, from climbing tent scaffolding at reunions to breaking into a dining hall after hours to get a scoop of ice cream. Room parties tend to be broken up not because of presumed underage drinking but because of noise complaints. Just as long as those students who chose to drink do so without breaking noise and open container regulations, Public Safety does not give them too much of a problem.

Campus police rely mostly on town police for taking care of major issues. The campus police focus more on problems such as noise complaints, which may result from parties where alcohol is served. The majority of calls to Public Safety are about thefts and alcohol-related issues, such as drunk students needing transport to McCosh Health Center.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking in common areas
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles or other contraband items in your dorm room
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Parking illegally
  • Public urination or indecency

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 24 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 28 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 43% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 57% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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