Campus Strictness

Providence, RI
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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: For the most part, the college allows students to express themselves and create organizations for their interests. However, as a Catholic college, it does have a very tricky policy when it comes to the lectures they allow on campus. They do not often allow speakers come to the college who have views that conflict with the Catholic Church.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: PC's policies are strict, but they are not always enforced fully.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school strictness was great. Strict on alcohol and visitation but nothing much else

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Just don't get caught. Most RAs are willing to overlook certain behaviors but if you are caught there can be strict repercussions.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Just dont break anything or annoy the ra's and its fine


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 223rd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 372nd
    Best Campus Police
  • 1073rd
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Mathieu
Groton, CT
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Policies are in place to punish miscreants, from parking to drug use, but enforcement varies. Campus security will hand out parking tickets without hesitation, but they will very rarely conduct searches for suspected drug use. Usually, a warning is given before any penalties are assigned for offenses. If you are written up for an infraction, the fines are steep. A first time alcohol infraction costs a couple hundred dollars and a meeting with your Hall Director. A transport to the hospital for an alcohol related occurrence can be $1,000. The best way to avoid fines and writeups is to not break the rules, but if you are breaking the rules, avoid being blatant. Most agree that drinking is generally overlooked unless it is disturbing others. However, with various new alcohol policies, including the banning of hard alcohol on campus and a policy which states that any student over 21 may have no more than six beers in their possession at one time, students are on alert more than ever.

One rule the Providence students detest is parietals. Members of the opposite sex are not allowed in rooms after 12 a.m. during the week and 2 a.m. on the weekends. Although this rule is hardest to enforce in coed dorms, it is strictly enforced in all-female dorms, where the guest log makes it fairly simple to track down vagrant boys. Enforcement of college rules really comes down to the Resident Assistants, although Hall Directors and campus security will occasionally fill out reports, as well. Laid-back RAs are just as common as strict ones, so it’s really the luck of the draw. It is better to just be smart about rule-breaking.


Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Breaking parietal rules
  • Drinking underage
  • Fire code violations
  • Opening fire doors
  • Parking illegally
  • Propping doors
  • Setting off fire alarms
  • Stealing mugs from Ray
  • Streaking at the Civ Scream
  • Throwing things from windows
  • Trying to recycle hard alcohol bottles

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 39 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 36 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 47% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 50% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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