Campus Strictness

San Diego, CA
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$18,236 ($6,578)
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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: you'll feel free but restricted. the end,

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You can get in trouble for the strangest things when you live in the dorms. As a person who doesn't partake in underage drinking or drugs, I have gotten in trouble for just trying to hand my friend a Starbucks drink over the fence. The RA said that it wasn't allowed, but I haven't seen that in any rulebook. I would say most of the RAs in the dorms are on a very strong power trip and enjoy being able to exercise control over the students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The university is quite strict on a few things but they do give you the freedom to do what you please on certain things

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Ridiculously easy to violate dorm rules so I just spend all of my time outside the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: In my opinion, San Diego State University is strict enough. I don't think it is either too strict, nor too lenient. Regarding attendance, SDSU professors are lenient overall, as many do not take attendance nor do they make it mandatory. I feel that this forces students to be responsible and make efficient decisions. In regards to academics, SDSU is very strict with grades. They do not accept any grades lower than a C- which encourages students to try harder to earn better grades. SDSU also provides students with many services such as tutoring or additional help that can improve academics. In regards to our social lives, they often send emails or host events that encourage students to make good decisions, avoid drinking and drug abuse. Overall, SDSU is strict on a good level.


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  • 1351st
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
San Diego, CA
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Students generally feel that the campus strictness here is too strong for a party school. The enforcement at this school is heavily concentrated on breaking up parties and keeping students in line. Sometimes these policies are simply poorly designed. For example if you are in your dorm and your underage roommate is drinking, you will be cited, too. You will be forced to meet with the residence hall advisor, pay a hundred dollar fine, have a psychological evaluation, and attend a successful community living program. While not many people are cited, those that are become a product of an overly sensitive order of disciplinary action. Campus strictness needs to be more focused on protecting the students rather than reprimanding them.

If you're smart about what you're doing, you will not be caught or cited. Unfortunately, luck also plays a role, and you may attend a party that happens to get broken up by the cops only to be hauled away as a drunk who supposedly is a danger to himself as well as others. San Diego State needs to find a compromise between its reputation as a party school and its devotion to creating a strictly academic environment. The campus strictness policies need to be loosened so that students will be able to make a right decision on their own without a police baton waving in their face, or a hundred dollar fine breaking their bank account and forcing them to sell their books for food money.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Parking illegally
  • Skateboarding across campus
  • Smoking marijuana
  • Sneaking illegal substances onto campus
  • Throwing objects into the street
  • Underage drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 194 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 206 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 11% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 58% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 28% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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