Campus Strictness

Boulder, CO
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It has a good amount of strict policy. Enough to keep everyone safe and making good choices but not so many that things are ruined.

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: All the rules make me feel like I'm an 8 year old

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness at CU seems pretty average compared to other colleges.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus was strict about everything illegal.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I would say, on average, campus strictness is in line with the standard. As with anything, rules are broken and trouble ensues, but CU has done a good job rebuilding their reputation from the part school it used to be.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 177th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1275th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1376th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
International Affairs
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Whether it is for walking around with a cup of beer, making a double-lane turn, or simply looking suspicious, CU students soon learn that the Boulder police will get them one way or another. Campus police are extremely serious about drug use and drinking. Officers can be found wandering through the dorms with the intent to apprehend students engaging in illegal activities, so be prepared for random knocks on the door at all hours.

Once a student is written up by the Resident Assistant, or arrested by the officers, he or she must answer to Judicial Affairs. This is a committee that reviews students’ reported behavior. Small infractions, such as smoking marijuana or drinking in a dorm room, usually result in an informative alcohol class that costs about $100. In addition, the student must complete a given number of community service hours, according to the penalty committed. A policy was implemented called the “three-strikes” rule. According to the regulation, a student who is found to be in violation of the University’s drug and alcohol policies three times will be suspended for one full semester.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Noise violation
  • Parking illegally
  • Riding your bike or skateboard in undesignated zones
  • Smoking in your dorm room
  • Sneaking food or drinks into Norlin Library
  • Stealing food from the dining halls

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 114 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 132 responses

  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 13% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 61% 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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