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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus isn't that strict, but there are still rules and you need to be respectful!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The rules are fairly reasonable

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The school has a very strict two-strike marijuana policy which many students, including myself, disagree with. If you're found in possession of any harder drugs, it's immediate expulsion. On the other hand, underage drinking policy is fairly lenient. It is a two-strike policy like with marijuana, but if a student is blacked out, UPD usually tries to keep them safe rather than "catch" them.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They are strict on the things that need to be strict on. Like any school most things go unnoticed.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: visitation rules are decent..probably b.c no one follows them anyway. they have a strict marijuana policy though.

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Samuel Borenzweig
New York City
Grad Year
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As a state university, New Paltz has to be a bit stricter than proximate private schools when it comes to drug policy (we're looking at you, Vassar and Bard...). The administration recently adopted a two-strike approach to dealing with marijuana on campus. If you are caught once in possession of marijuana, you have to meet with the dean and are put on probation. But the second time you're caught, that's it—you are expelled for good. This "No Second Chance Policy," as it's called, has been met with some opposition. The Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) organization is active on the New Paltz campus, holding weekly meetings in the Student Union Building. While the NP administration may be strict on weed, it's relatively lax when it comes to alcohol. Students 21-and-up can have alcohol in their rooms or suites. If a minor is caught drinking, the beverage is usually just confiscated, and the kid is given a warning. Second- and third-time offenses can lead to being kicked out of the dorms and, sometimes, suspension.

Campus police are ubiquitous, which is great for campus safety but not so great for students behaving badly. Think twice before deciding to smoke pot on the quad or stumbling across campus sipping Jack Daniels because you will end up with a court summons. Luckily, off-campus housing provides a respite from the scrutiny of campus police and the NP administration, so most partying happens there.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Having too many people in your room after 11 p.m.
  • Making too much noise in your dorm room
  • Smoking
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
Guests can stay over no more than two consecutive nights.
Did You Know?
Guests are allowed to spend the night as long as the host gets permission from his or her roommates.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 66 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 74 responses

  • 22% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 59% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 12% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 7% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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