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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: We are, overall, a very lenient school. Underage alcohol use is discouraged, but it's practiced as "don't see, don't tell." If you're 21, alcohol is fine as long as you aren't wildly disruptive. Drug enforcement is stricter, but is still more like a "3 strikes and you're out" thing than immediate punishment. Our only rule about visitation is that they can't stay more than a few consecutive days, I believe. We take our Honor Code seriously, allowing us to let our guard down, but violations are taken seriously and go to Honor Court. Attendance rules depend on the prof.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Don't be dumb. You can do what you want, just don't be stupid about it.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The Honor Code is taken very seriously and has created a wonderful environment academically. Students also feel comfortable leaving their backpacks, books, etc. places because they know they'll still be there when they return. Socially Rhodes is a little more lenient. There are alcohol violations and drug violations but consequences aren't typically severe and sometimes those in authority will look the other way.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: We have a completely student run Honor Council. We take our honor code very seriously and live by it everyday. Students do not think twice about leaving a laptop in the library while leaving to grab lunch. We trust and honor each other.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness, for the most part, is very well done. They know what matters and know when to intervene. Coming into college, I was expecting little to no freedom from administrators and officers, but I am pleasantly surprised.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 32nd
    Best Campus Police
  • 32nd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 291st
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julia Fawal
Birmingham, Alabama
Grad Year
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The most telling fact about Campus Safety is that many of the officers treat Rhodes students as if they were their own children. That means that the CS officers are there to prevent alcohol poisoning, assist if help is needed, and also to be your friend and listen if you need an open ear. Their main goal is to make sure no one is putting themselves or others in danger, but they also do their best to allow students to have some fun. A CS officer usually shows up at every fraternity party, but, unless you are being blatant and irresponsible about your drinking, he won't write you up. Occasionally, an underage student will be asked to put his or her drink down, but that's about it. The officers get that the students are in college, and they're not going to act like Nazis or Big Brother, and try to get everyone in trouble. That's not to say that no one ever gets in trouble—if students are being stupid and putting themselves or others in danger, there are legitimate consequences. But Campus Safety officers do their job very well, and the students really appreciate them for it.

Rhodes is strict about attendance, though. Each professor has a clear policy that is stated in the syllabus, and it is typically enforced. Usually, a student can't miss more than four class periods over the semester without receiving a grade deduction. That being said, professors are understanding, and it's not uncommon for them to bend the rules under specific circumstances provided that the student directly discusses issues with them. What seems to be the major theme of Rhodes is that the authority members on campus are very understanding and caring people, and that paves the way for a better academic and social environment. 

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Climbing the walls of the buildings
  • Downloading copyrighted material
  • Drinking underage or being publicly intoxicated
  • Hosting an unauthorized party (20 or more students in one room)
  • Making too much noise during "Quiet Hours"
  • Parking illegally
  • Pulling a fire alarm
  • Riding the Lynx
  • Smoking marijuana
Did You Know?
At Rhodes, there is a Good Samaritan policy. This allows students to reach out to Campus Safety and/or resident assistants if they are worried about the safety of a friend or roommate, without considering the possibility of a punishment. This creates a more trusting environment because students view Campus Safety and RAs as helpful authorities, not the "bad guys."

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 42 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 54 responses

  • 67% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 33% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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