Campus Strictness

Location
Berkeley, CA
Undergrads
25,018
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Rules are generally enforced if you are blatantly violating rules.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They pretty much are very strict about academics and integrity.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: 1. Berkeley has a historic drug culture. It's true. The Bay Area in general has fairly lenient drug policies. That said, don't be dumb and don't endanger yourself or anyone else.

2. Noise violations will tend to close down a lot of apartment parties, and some frats have been cited for underage drinking. That said, just be respectful to your neighbors. The police will usually not put it on your record and just tell you to quiet down.

3. Parking enforcement officers are NINJAS. They will get you even if you're over your meter by 2 minutes, I've seen it happen. As someone who's had their car here for 3 years, I've probably spent $200 in tickets so far (no, I'm not reckless, yes, parking is like Russian roulette).

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus is oddly lenient in some places and strict in others. They are strict about noise and studying disturbances, but don't seem to care/notice alcohol presence in dorms or the like.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Honor code is huge here; plagiarism and cheating are taken seriously to the point where you could get expelled or probation.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1143rd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1162nd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1333rd
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meegan Brooks
Hometown
Granite Bay, CA
Major
Political science
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Students have pretty good things to say about campus police and security, citing few incidents of unreasonableness or unjust treatment. But police are police, and blatant misconduct will land you in academic and legal trouble. While living in the dorms, you’ll most likely run into more trouble with your resident advisor than any other campus officer, so it’s important to stay on good terms with him or her. Stealing and cheating are the two most frequent on-campus infringements and are dealt with primarily by campus security, while drug use, theft, and assault are the biggest crimes in the city of Berkeley and are handled by the police. On campus, bike and laptop theft are the most common, and once it’s gone, you’re probably not going to ever see it again.

 

Berkeley is known for having somewhat lenient law enforcement when it comes to marijuana use, underage drinking, and drinking in public, but there are always the rare cases where police have to crack down, and a first-time offender can get in severe trouble. There are more prominent risks for students—muggings, street violence, etc.—and police don’t spend as much time on the smaller crimes that college students are prone to committing. Students are pretty happy with campus police because most officers understand that they’re dealing with college students and leave room for them to make some mistakes.

 

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk at a football game
  • Cheating
  • Drinking in the dorms
  • Having a fake ID
  • J-walking
  • Riding your bike in a pedestrian-only area
  • Sneaking into Strawberry Canyon at night
  • Stealing

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 158 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 181 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 71% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 22% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.

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