With a reputation as a party school, you would think UCSB would be extremely strict when enforcing policies; however, campus police and the Isla Vista Foot Patrol’s main concern is to protect the safety of the students. Resident assistants and staff are there to enforce University policies on campus and within the dorms, but if you play it cool and do not get out of control, then you can cruise through your four years without getting cited or written up. Isla Vista, on the other hand, is much stricter due to the county governance over the small town. There is a music curfew that begins at 12 a.m. on the weekends and 10 p.m. on weekdays, so if you plan on having a party make sure to turn it down—otherwise you may end up with a fat citation. The Isla Vista Foot Patrol roams "IV" throughout the week, to ensure laws are not being broken and to keep residents safe. Many students complain about their methods, but they do a decent job of citing people for MIPs (minor in possession) and for "drunk-in-publics."
When it comes to cheating and plagiarism, the University upholds a strict policy that can lead to expulsion from the school. So if the thought ever crosses your mind, think twice and do not do it. However, if the situation does occur, there are programs such as the Office of the Student Advocate that can advise you and present your case to the Campus Conduct Board.