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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are loopholes to every rule about substance abuse at SMU. Just don't be stupid about where you do it and you'll be fine. Be careful with fake IDs. A few peers got into big trouble with those.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I haven't heard of any unreasonable encounters with the police or administration. The attendance policies differ for each class and each teacher has their own pet peeves. The RAs are usually great and very pleasant.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's pretty easy to get away with underage drinking. As long as you're not stumbling to your dorm as you pass smu pd you shouldn't get into trouble. The only strictness that gets annoying are the classes that require attendance.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: SMU has very strict policies regarding most things.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It is fairly strict. I had a terrible RA who would wait until 3AM to bust me for going out. So I moved off campus.


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  • 594th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1327th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1335th
    Most Lenient Parking

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Peter Goldschmidt
Jefferson City, MO
Financial Consulting
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SMU PD is lenient with students and drinking on campus-to an extent. If you are carrying a bottle of beer around a party, they will kindly suggest that you pour the beer into a plastic cup. If you pass out at a party somewhere, or seem belligerent, they will no longer give you the blind eye. The campus police will take care of you and make sure that you are safe. Students belittle the SMU PD but forget that they are just doing their job. The simplest rule to follow is this: practice good judgment. This means you should make sure your door in your dorm room is closed before you start crushing cans on your head. Don't get into a car with a drunk driver, because you can be guilty just by association. Walk off the bus-don't tumble. Avoid carrying open containers anywhere on campus. And finally, lock up your liquor!

The campus police are aware that students are young and away from home and will make poor decisions every now and then. They act as the fun aunt or uncle from back home that will take care of you, but refrain from telling your parents about your minor offense. Once you step out of the realm of small offenses, it is an entirely different ball game. It is common for an SMU student to have one alcohol violation, but most never receive a second one.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating on a test
  • Drinking illegally on the Boulevard during tailgate
  • Driving into a curb or median while drunk
  • Having candles and extension cords in your dorm room
  • Having loud parties
  • Parking in an undesignated spot
  • Running stop signs
  • Stumbling off of a bus intoxicated
  • Underage drinking (in dorms, too)
  • Urinating on campus or public indecency
  • Walking home drunk late at night

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 57 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 63 responses

  • 10% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 49% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 35% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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