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UBC provides its students with a very free and open campus. Students are generally free to do anything they want as long as it's not illegal or against University policies. The enforcement of policies is dependent on the person doing the enforcing. For example, although the University has a lecture attendance policy, most professors do not keep track of attendance. Similarly, although drinking games are strictly prohibited in dorms, if no one complains and RAs don't make runs, you will never be written up. The University even exempted a student from being expelled for looting during the Vancouver riot in 2011, as the University believed the student should not be penalized both by the law and the University for acts committed off campus grounds and in no way connected to the school.
With that being said, the University expects no less than excellence from students based on the freedom it gives its students. The University is very black and white when it comes to policies regarding academic achievements of students and is not lenient at all to students who take advantage of the freedom they are given resulting in low academic marks. As a result, it is commonly said that UBC is "easy to get in, hard to stay in."