Campus Strictness

Minneapolis, MN
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$18,709 ($13,459)
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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: strict where it needs to be

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very strict rules regarding alcohol use in freshman dorms, but wet campus for other buildings. Absolutely no tobacco use- must go off-campus in order to smoke. Parking lots designated for students, but tickets are given to those parked in visitor lots and non-overnight lots. Since most class sizes range from about 20-40 students, it is expected that each student is in attendance- will result in failure of the course if student is not present for three class sessions.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police seem to react way too seriously about somethings and not serious enough about others.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I would say the campus is pretty average. They aren't too strict where it's frustrating, but they are strict enough to ensure campus safety.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Rules are there to protect although we may not want them to be there.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 840th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 945th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1308th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
New Delhi, India
Communication Studies
Grad Year
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The University of Minnesota has an appropriate amount of rule enforcement. Students are expected to follow rules at all times when on campus property. Most common rule-breaking involves drinking. Many students get caught drinking in the dorms, and the punishment can range from asking the student to pour out their alcohol down the drain to community service to potential expulsion from the dorms. However, in reality, the punishment isn't very severe. Many students get asked to write a reflection paper and do community service. But the severity is on a case-by-case basis. Outside residence halls, as long as students aren't putting anyone's lives in danger, the police leave them alone. Usually people know these rules and exercise them well by drinking in the privacy of off-campus houses and in safe environments with people they know. House parties often get broken up if they are too rowdy, but police usually let students go home, unless someone talks back to the cops. One thing to remember is that if you stay quiet and obedient when in the company of the police, they are more likely to let you go with a warning. In recent years, the Greek party scene has become more rigid due to some mishaps.

One policy that is taken very seriously is academic dishonesty: cheating or plagiarism. All U of M class syllabi state this policy very clearly. Consequences range from getting an F on a particular exam/paper to probation to potential expulsion. Therefore, students should not cheat or plagiarize other people's work. Besides these two, traffic laws should be followed closely because of the congestion, pedestrians, and construction zones. The point is, even the school administration knows what goes on in college. They are lenient because they want the students to enjoy their college lives, but they have rules to ensure that the "fun" does not interfere with academics or the privacy of the students. Safety is the main goal of campus strictness.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Behaving in an inappropriate sexual manner
  • Bringing food or drinks into the library
  • Cheating in class
  • Doing drugs
  • Drinking underage
  • Going the wrong way on a one-way street
  • Having candles and incense sticks in your dorm
  • Jaywalking
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Not following traffic rules (especially in construction zones)
  • Parking illegally
  • Plagiarizing
  • Rioting after the NCAA Hockey Championship
  • Running stop signs
  • Stealing in public areas, like libraries
  • Streaking on the field
  • Trying to leave your dorm with liquor in your backpack
  • Urinating or public indecency
  • Vandalizing school property
Visitation Policies
Students are allowed to have visitors over, but they will be the student's responsibility. Any disruptive behavior by a guest will result in negative consequences for the student. Housing & Residential Life allows for overnight guest stays, but the office suggests that these trips be limited to a few days at a time.
Did You Know?
  • Guests must be escorted at all times when they are in the building. Telephones are provided at the Information Desk and immediately outside of the buildings so that guests may call the resident to meet them in the lobby entrance area.
  • Residential Life's code of conduct can be found at: This guidebook lists the expectations of living on campus property and the consequences of breaking rules.
  • Every campus residence hall has RAs or CAs (resident advisers or community advisers), along with security guards that roam the dorms at night to keep a check on disruptive behavior.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 171 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 196 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 4% 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.
  • 35% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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