Campus Strictness

Location
Amherst, MA
Undergrads
20,306
Tuition (in-state)
$26,830 ($13,415)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus really is not strict at all. There are a lot of police on the weekends, but inside the dorms it's usually pretty rowdy on the weekends and the campus staff is cool with it.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: Nothing out of the ordinary, just don't do anything stupid and you won't get caught. People who do usually are asking for it.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus Police are terrible. They abuse students- just google blarney police brutality. The police will give you a ticket for going 5 mph over the 25 mph speed limit. They have brand new dodge charger cruisers while the dorms are falling apart.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't see any issues in this area. They rank about average

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I feel very safe on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1064th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1378th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1403rd
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
Hometown
New York City
Major
Communications
Grad Year
2015
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UMass is not strict by any means, and getting in deep trouble here is like getting a bad grade in a really easy class—you have to try. However, certain behavior will get you in trouble if you get caught. The penalties for doing something serious are severe, but if you get caught with a beer in your room, you might just have to go to an alcohol education class. However, if you do it again, the punishment stiffens. But, really, UMass authorities, including the RAs, are good about focusing on what's important—safety. Typically, three offenses are the most leeway you will have, and after that, housing probation becomes an option. It is commonly known as being "written up" when an RA catches you smoking, possessing alcohol, or even having lighters or candles. Basically, think wisely about how visible you keep your possessions. RAs cannot enter your room without permission. One thing RAs do crack the whip about is playing with the fire extinguishers that are located on each floor, so don't do that. Another thing that is taken seriously on campus is stopping your car for pedestrians, a law that doesn't necessarily apply to people driving around off campus in Amherst. The fines are steep for neglecting this law, and it is not taken lightly. Unfortunately, during specific times of the day, like when classes are getting out, this means you may have to sit at a crosswalk for a long time to allow everyone to cross. When leaving campus, don't assume that the behavior you can get away with on campus won't get you in trouble off—the Amherst Police don't tolerate college students as much as the UMass Police.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being intoxicated in public
  • Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Having alcohol in your car when you are under 21
  • Making a lot of noise in your apartment or dorm room
  • Parking illegally
  • Possessing an open container of alcohol
  • Smoking inside
  • Speeding
  • Underage drinking
  • Using a fake ID
Visitation Policies
Visitors must be signed into dorms between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. on weeknights and between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. on weekends. Each resident is allowed to sign in four people, and two overnight guests are allowed per room each night. A maximum of 10 people can be in a dorm room or suite at one time. Apartments may have 14 people at once.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 166 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 192 responses

  • 9% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 15% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 57% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 19% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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