Campus Strictness

Location
College Park, MD
Undergrads
24,486
Tuition (in-state)
$27,287 ($8,908)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I can't say I've ever heard of anyone getting into any real trouble, but the cops are constantly breaking up parties since we have families complaining about noise. Nothing that really stops anyone.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I believe that the University of Maryland, College Park is strict in the areas that it needs to be. As college students, we are young adults and should be treated as such. There is room to make mistakes on campus. At the same time, when consequences are needed they are put in line. These consequences go towards underage drinking, drugs, plagiarizing, etc.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus security is pretty strict they are just bent on doing there job and upholding the image of the institution.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I think that the campus police are very good. We have a program for people that are walking back to their dorms at night where there is an escort service. If all colleges don't have this, they definitely should.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's really not a strict school at all. You have a lot of freedom. Except smoking in dorms. I wouldn't even risk it.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 201st
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1373rd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1398th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paul Yu
Hometown
Bethesda, MD
Major
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Campus strictness at Maryland is based on the rule of its enforcers and on the judicial committees. Students may encounter police officers and Resident Life officials that are either lenient, stringent, or moderate when following procedures. Sometimes, it depends on the timing, the situation, and the amount of evidence. For example, during football season at tailgates in the parking lots, patrolling police officers may not attempt to investigate whether good-natured, young attendees holding bottles of beer are of legal age. Yet, ask a random student who was caught on Maryland’s campus while doing something wrong, and he or she will tell you that the campus police are sticklers, mostly due to the fact that police officers are very strict on the road for speeding and with people who park illegally without permits. 

Resident assistants are a different breed. RAs are educated in confronting and preventing escalating conflict both inside and outside of residence halls. While most RAs do, in fact, implement their training background to take action, they usually follow the “see it, hear it, or smell it” rule. Rarely, do RAs seek out trouble—the opportunity to fill out paperwork and attend judicial hearings—but when trouble is in the air, RAs can sense it and will confront the student. If drugs are involved, the police can get involved, too.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too loud during quiet hours
  • Drinking in residence halls that are considered "dry"
  • Having big parties in dorms
  • Parking without a permit
  • Smoking pot in residence halls
Visitation Policies
Students are responsible for their guests' actions, including any destruction of property, noise violations, or belligerent behavior. Residents will be held financially responsible for damage caused by their guests.
Did You Know?
Most RAs are juniors and seniors. Many are very lenient and will give out two or three warnings before giving out a citation.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 232 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 265 responses

  • 5% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 12% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 60% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 23% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.

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