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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Currently, students are pretty unrestricted in terms of using/drinking alcohol. However, the campus police have become more and more strict, and have begun to search rooms and frats for drugs. They are no longer as lenient as they were in the past.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus representatives usually do not get involved in lower cut violations when not strictly necessary

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The Campus Police are always courteous and are definitely not "out to get you." They're there to make sure everyone is safe.

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Swarthmore is not strict at all. Students are generally respected as responsible adults.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 54th
    Best Campus Police
  • 287th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 828th
    Strictest Honor Code

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Sudarshan Gopaladesikan
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Math and Engineering
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Swarthmore's Public Safety and administration take a very lenient stance on almost all aspects of campus life. Underage drinking and drug use generally do not create many problems on campus, and the College usually turns a blind eye to it if a minor problem arises. Students are much more likely to get in trouble with Swarthmore borough police than campus Public Safety. The borough police tend to take their jobs a little too seriously and often go out of their way to bust Swarthmore students. Generally, though, infractions only include parking tickets or noise violations. This is simply another reason why students who choose to venture into downtown Swarthmore should use their head.

The College does take a pretty tough stance on cheating due, in part, to an unofficial college honor code that is supposed to be strongly upheld by faculty and students alike. Also, because of the rampant spread of viruses on campus, pirating music is strictly forbidden on any campus computer. The second strictest aspect is parking, so make sure to check out the parking policies or you might have to pay a parking ticket.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk in public
  • Being intolerant when it comes to race, class, gender, sexuality, and/or identity
  • Being too loud in dorm rooms
  • Cheating
  • Defacing campus or Arboretum property
  • Having banned items in the dorms, such as candles, incense, and space heaters
  • Parking illegally
  • Smoking marijuana
Visitation Policies
There aren't any strict visitation policies here. Students can have overnight guests for up to four nights at a time.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 25 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 34 responses

  • 65% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 35% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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