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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There is a lot of trust given to students at Smith. There is only one "RA" figure in each house which is the HR or House Resident who lives on the first floor. Everyone is generally very lenient but if a student is having problems with someone else's noise level, drug use, or something else, the HR is informed and then (depending on the severity of the problem) they may have to go in front of the Judicial Board which is run by Smith Students and usually involves doing community service.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Smith is very strict in some parts like housing and dining. The dining halls will only open during certain time slots and they usually close even before the supposed time. Also, during holidays and breaks, students are forced to move to very few open houses. The school does not give any grace period for you to pack stuff and book tickets. You have to leave immediately after the school ends.

Other things at Smith can be extremely lenient. For example, the noise violation in dorm rooms seems non-exist. You can find it SO HARD to sleep/study if you have bad neighbors.

The academic atmosphere is actually the most balanced one at Smith. You do get some freedom such as self-scheduled exams. But you have to follow Honor code all the time which is very good for students who seek for fair grades.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Compared to other schools I've been to (especially ones in cities), dorm policies are quite lenient. No one is keeping track of guests or alcohol brought in (except during official house parties). You're more likely to get in trouble for after hours noise violations than anything else.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: In getting funding in ethnic organizations has been a struggle this semester.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Small dorm parties are manageable, but it's hard to have any big parties. And official parties are highly supervised.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 536th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1121st
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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Smith’s policies, including rules regarding alcohol and drugs, are in place for the student body’s safety. There is also a respected academic honor code that is signed by each entering student. This code prevents cheating on papers and exams, and allows students to have self-scheduled final exams, which is a great example of how much the Smith administration trusts the students. Anyone who breaks this code is sent to honor board, where a jury of peers rules on the case and decides on the consequences. While this is seen as overbearing by some, it gives the rest of the student body confidence that their work is their own and shows that they are in a respectful academic environment.

In each house, two members of Residence Life—the Head Resident (HR) and the House Community Advisor (HCA)—deal with substance abuse behavior and noise complaints before involving Public Safety. Students usually look out for one another against the “common enemy” of the administration. However, recent alcohol-related student injuries have led to a new amnesty policy—if a student is concerned that her friend has had too much to drink, she can call for medical help without facing legal or academic consequences. When students are caught drinking underage, they are generally referred to the student-run judicial board. If caught with drugs, however, students may face police involvement and can be evicted from campus housing, depending on the severity of the situation. While Smith takes the violation of most policies very seriously, it has one of the most open and lenient guest policies on any college campus. Guests of students can stay as long as they like, as long as the student has checked with members of her house. Overall, Smith's policies help keep the student body safe and respectful of themselves and one another.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too loud
  • Breaking the honor code
  • Drinking
  • Smoking pot
Visitation Policies
Smith does not have strict visitation rights. Students can generally have guests stay for as long as they want, as long as the other housemates are informed and okay with it.
Did You Know?
Smith College President Carol Christ supports the Amethyst Initiative, a national organization that calls for the reconsideration of drinking age laws.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 55 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 70 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 43% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 50% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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