Campus Strictness

Swarthmore, PA
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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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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Lax, but Starting to Get More Strict – When I first arrived at Swarthmore, campus was very lax and "for the students". The health center often helped students who had drunk too much recover overnight without notifying authorities about underage drinking. Safety, rather than legal ramifications, was prioritized.

Lately there's been a changing trend where the health center has begun sending blacked out/people who have drunk too much directly to hospitals, resulting in legal consequences. However, in general, campus security is very lax and students have a lot of freedom.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Administration Is Trusting of Students – When it comes to alcohol, Swarthmore's administration tends to treat all students like adults, even those under 21. This means that they are not interested in busting underaged drinking, and instead try to foster an environment where students can learn to drink in a responsible manner. Drinking too much will land you a meeting with the drug and alcohol counselor, not a disciplinary hearing.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Lenient in a Good Way – Drinking and even drug use on campus is generally tolerated. Parties are rarely, if ever, busted and students under 21 can drink with little hassle. The administration allows students to participate in these activities because Swarthmore students generally can do it responsibly without being disruptive. As for academic policies, do not cheat and you will be fine. They are very strict about that.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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 23 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 32 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 31% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 69% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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