Campus Strictness

Location
Atlanta, GA
Undergrads
2,074
Tuition
$23,794
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't think the "rules" here are really enforced. For example, there is supposed to be strict rules regarding visitation, but I notice that girls sometimes have guys in their rooms when there isn't visitation.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The strictness on campus necessary and than unnecessary at times.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: IF YOU DO NOT LIKE NORMAL RULES, DO NOT APPLY. The college's safety rules are strictly enforced and can really make you regret attending. Maturity plays a huge part in the overall appreciation of the rules on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: My school is strict about visitation and security because we are located in a VERY bad neighborhood. The strictness is understandable and comforting.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They do there best to keep your best interest

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Campus Police
  • 138th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 985th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Candace Wheeler
Hometown
Stone Mountain, GA
Major
Sociology
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Spelman's history of numerous rules and regulations automatically feeds the perception of being strict, and this perception is reflected at least in part by reality. The stories students tell about those who got caught do not end with a slight slap on the wrist. Instead, it sounds in most cases as if students were placed on probation, escorted off campus, or introduced to the Atlanta Police Department. Some students believe that sneaking things like alcohol and weed on campus is easy, but even if it is, many agree it is not worth the consequences. Since Spelman is such a small school, when someone is caught breaking a rule, even a small one, it is a matter of hours before the whole campus knows and the story is blown out of proportion. Just the idea of being the subject of daily gossip is enough to keep most students from breaking the rules. RAs and RDs take their jobs very seriously, and if they smell incense or a candle, even an aromatherapy one, they will reprimand you. If furniture goes missing from the study hall, eventually someone will come looking for that lamp or sofa you thought went so well with your bedspread. Don't even think about trying to sneak a man on campus. It is virtually impossible, as visitation is tightly monitored, and most dorms only have one way in and out outside of an emergency. It is best to just try to walk the straight line.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Burning candles or incense in your room
  • Cooking in your room
  • Damaging furniture in the dorm or in your room
  • Drinking or doing drugs on campus out in the open
  • Letting a commuter live in your room
  • Letting a guy spend the night
  • Moving furniture from the lounges into your room
  • Parking your car illegally or leaving it on campus too long
  • Smoking cigarettes in your room
Did You Know?
Spelman College is a dry campus and this is a rule that is strictly enforced. If students are found intoxicated while on campus they can face possible arrest as well as a hearing.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 51 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 51 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 27% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 71% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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