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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If you get caught for drinking, their really strict

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus is not very strict unless you are blatantly violating drinking/drug rules. The honor code is taken seriously.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Administration policies emphasize the wellbeing of the student. It is lenient and strict where it should be. Student Government is also there to help with things like creating new organizations and parking.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Basically, as long as you aren't stupid or obvious about drinking or smoking, they don't care.

That being said, if you get busted it's a big deal, and they take it very seriously. Skidmore was recently rated #1 for reefer madness (basically we have a lot of pot smokers) so they don't do as much about that, but when it comes to drinking they try to be more strict. All the dorms are dry but campus owned apartment housing is wet and as long as your party is registered and you mark the hands of those underage, they don't come to check who is actually drinking.

As for honor code and attendance, it's a small school with small classes. Generally professors notice if you aren't there, and they'll ask if you don't let them know what's up. Honor code is taken really seriously, too.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Dorm strictness is partially student run. People call campo on each other for noise or otherwise. Campus safety strictness seems to vary based on officer, some are harsh while others are very relaxed and understanding. It also depends on your offense. For example, they will generally just tell you to be quiet, not write you up. But if they walk in on you smoking, then someone is usually going to get in trouble. Essentially, don't be loud or obvious while you are doing things that are against the rules and no one is going to come searching for reasons to get you in trouble.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 306th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 829th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1345th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caroline Wurtzel
Great Neck, NY
English (Studio Art Minor)
Grad Year
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Skidmore's strictness truly depends on your own behavior. If you throw parties that are too loud, have too many students lingering outside of the door, and have a bass beat that can be heard from five houses down, then, yes, you will get caught and Campus Safety will write you up. But if you have a party that is contained to the inside of the house and isn't unnecessarily loud, you will rarely get written up by Campus Safety or an RA. RAs are generally not looking to get students in trouble, but there are times when students are simply not tactful at all in hiding the fact that they are doing something against College policy (this pertains to drinking/smoking/partying). Dorm visitations are not regulated at all; there is no sign-in to dorm buildings. But, again, if your behavior is bothering someone else, an RA or Campus Safety officer may approach you about the situation.  

The College is fairly flexible about a lot of things, but they are not flexible about academic integrity. Plagiarism, student-copying, etc., are not tolerated at all at Skidmore. If a student breaks the Skidmore honor code, there are long-lasting repercussions.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating
  • Climbing the covered walkways
  • Drinking underage
  • Having pets in the dorm
  • Making too much noise in your dorm room
  • Parking illegally
  • Smoking cigarettes inside
  • Smoking pot
  • Vandalizing
Visitation Policies
Residents are allowed to invite guests to campus. Guests are limited to a stay of three nights, providing that the rights of others are not infringed upon. This means that you must clear your guest's stay with your roommate and suitemates/apartment mates.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 30 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

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 13% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 68% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 16% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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