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.