Campus Strictness

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They're not very strict about the little things. Honor code is huge though, and they're strict on drugs and alcohol.

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3 College Student

Campus Strictness: The campus is quite strict with drugs and underage drinking. The rules on visitation are not very strict.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long as you don't get caught, you're fine.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't live on campus so I don't know what to say about the strictness at Simmons. There's any honor code that all students must sign that includes academics and stuff. Plagiarism is a big deal and you get caught then there are serious consequences.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I've never had a bad run in with strictness. My roommates and I are pretty loud and we never get complaints or anything like that. Drinking is an occurrence and I haven't heard of anyone being caught. In my opinion it's more about whether or not you're being an idiot while doing any of those things that matters.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Best Campus Police
  • 139th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 610th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Krista Evans
Florence, AL
Political Science/International Relations
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Students are smart about their behavior on campus, and the balance between responsibility and behavior is reflected in the tone of campus strictness. You are more likely to get a request from a neighbor to turn down your speakers than be monitored for drugs or alcohol use. Unless your behavior is stupid enough to result in calling attention to yourself, there is no need to be paranoid. Quiet hours deter most drunken students from screaming through the quad, though not all of them. Parties on campus are never large enough to call attention—only so many people can squeeze into a dorm room the size of a closet. The security guards patrol for unwanted visitors and parking violators, but they aren’t looking to find students to punish.

It is hard to find an incident that calls for more than a visit to the Honor Board or Judicial Board. Students are responsible for their behavior, and security is geared more toward student safety and protection than the monitoring of their behavior. Alcohol and drug violations are addressed by the Residence Campus Judicial Board, and academic violations are addressed by the Honor Board. You are more likely to be caught with a hotplate, wall hangings, or other fire hazards than to be reprimanded or caught for illegal behavior. So don’t try to sneak into Bartol or walk off with a plate, and if you have a candle, beware! Academic violations are taken very seriously—cheating and plagiarism are prosecuted. Students must sign Honor Code contracts at the beginning of their time at Simmons.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too loud in your dorm room after 11 p.m.
  • Burning candles and incense in your dorm room
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Drinking underage
  • Smoking too close to the dorm doorways

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 29 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 31 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 3% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 16% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 81% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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