Campus Strictness

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Very Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Don't worry, don't stress. There's just endless amount of booze; you probably won't get caught.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is average overall.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: KU is a dry campus, so all dorm and scholarship halls are very strict when it comes to alcohol and drugs. Other than that, strictness on other matters depend on which halls you stay in. Most of them aren't strict on other matters besides, noise violations and controlled guest policies.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I would say that the level of strictness they enforce the rules with is right on, it sounds like it is comparable to the other schools around but isn't super ridiculously strict.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I feel that the school is just trying to keep everyone safe, even though some people may feel that they are ruining the fun.


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  • 450th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1309th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1353rd
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Overland Park, KS
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Students involved in underage drinking have a pretty high chance of receiving a minor in possession (MIP) ticket. DUI and MIP tickets have expensive fines that affect more than just a student’s wallet. Fake IDs are prevalent among KU students, which, if caught with one, can carry charges. If you’re caught drinking underage, you’ll get an MIP ticket, but if you’re also caught with a fake ID, you’ll get a bigger ticket. On a positive note, if you’re 21 or older, campus strictness is hardly a problem at all. As long as you’re not driving or out of control, no one will bother you if you’re of-age. On occasion, police set up drinking checkpoints on the streets to check for drunk drivers, and the police and the ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) also randomly go inside bars to look for underage drinking. When the police break up a house party, usually they simply tell everybody to head home and do not administer breathalyzers. In comparison to other rowdy campuses, KU police are somewhat reasonable. They seem to understand that “college is college” and just want the students to be safe and responsible when drinking.

In terms of offenses other than drinking, KU police are fairly understanding, but they will bust you if you get out of control. Sometimes, students will do things like pull the fire alarm or steal stuff, just for kicks. Campus police really don’t like to deal with stuff like that, and can be pretty strict about it if they figure out who is to blame. Basically, they are only strict about things that annoy other people or are potentially dangerous.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking in public
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Fighting
  • Pulling the fire alarm in residence halls
  • Underage drinking
  • Violating residence hall policies

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 128 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 130 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 55% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 41% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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