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Northampton, MA
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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.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Everyone here is lax. As long as you don't violate the honor code, you shouldn't have much problems.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The House Residents have to follow rules about noise and catching anyone drinking underage but everyone has fun, (and drinks.... underage).

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: This school is suuuuuper strict. Smith party= you have to wait in a line, sign in with your college ID and write down what time you signed in, get a wristband, all the while campus police stare you down to see if you look suspicious or intoxicated. Police are all over campus and additionally, every house basically has student police called "House Residents" who crack down on underage drinking and smoking weed in the house..

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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 52 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 67 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 42% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 51% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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