Campus Strictness

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$32,115 ($10,347)
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Very Easy
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College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I never had any trouble with the administration or the police. While helping my boyfriend move up this past weekend, someone gave his Kia a bit of a fender bender and the policemen who were helping us were so kind and helped to hammer out the situation with no problem. CU Boulder is known as a party school, and RA's were very lenient on in-dorm parties, I don't think anyone really got written up for drug/alcohol use unless they were really obvious over their usage (I heard about some kids who were in their dorm drinking with the door wide open and a policeman happened to walk by and took necessary action). During April 20th, the whole campus was shut down for "4/20," and you had to be sober if on campus and have an on campus ID. I worked at the dining hall and they reviewed me at the checkpoint, gave me the OK, and sent me on my merry way.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They love parking tickets more than they love catching freshman with alcohol.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I've only been here for a semester. I don't get in trouble and I don't have a lot to say.

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


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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 117 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 135 responses

  • 22% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 61% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 13% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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