Campus Strictness

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They treat their students generally like responsible adults, which leaves plenty of room for mistakes, learning and maturing.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is at a good level in my opinion

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus police don't care at all about underage drinking and will be present at public parties and not do anything. They only get strict when it comes to hard drugs/hard alcohol, where there's a strong chance of getting rusticated or expelled. The school is super strict about its honor code. Even a minor infraction can become an enormous deal.

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4 College Student

Campus Strictness: The honor code is strict but there are allowances

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 246th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 520th
    Best Campus Police
  • 657th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

For the most part, Rice students are very pleased with the relationship between the campus police and the student body. The prevailing attitude is that campus police (known as RUPD) are there for student protection and their well-being. Students admit that RUPD has no tolerance for drug abuse. However, drug usage is not a large problem at Rice, and most students believe that hard drug offenders deserve whatever they get. The same attitude is taken regarding cheating on graded work or exams. Rice students are shaped by the values of the Rice Honor Code and usually agree with any disciplinary actions taken against cheaters.

The Rice alcohol policy allows students to drink on campus, including underage students, as long as they keep it behind closed doors in the atmosphere of a “private party.” Because students recognize the alcohol policy as a privilege that can be lost if not handled responsibly, they usually take care of each other and monitor their friends’ intake. The police care first about the safety of the students, and they are not out looking to bust underage drinkers. In fact, the only chance an underage drinker has of getting in trouble at Rice is if they blatantly violate the alcohol policy (e.g., drinking at a public party or at the pub), and they proceed to call attention to themselves or behave belligerently.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Hosting a party without registering with your college's chief justice
  • Not registering your bicycle with RUPD
  • Parking without a permit
  • Steam tunneling
  • Violating the honor code
Visitation Policies
All visitors must have a signed consent form to stay overnight. Plus, roommates have to approve of the guest, and guests can only stay a maximum of seven days a year.
Did You Know?
RUPD officers are assigned to different colleges, often forming long-term relationships with the students they protect through interactions at meals and events.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 47 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 53 responses

  • 47% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 49% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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