The strictness on campus depends on what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. If it’s a football weekend and you’re walking around the Grove, don’t be naïve and think that all of those beautiful women you see are happy just because they’re watching football. It’s because they have a little something extra in those red Solo cups they’re holding. The alcohol policy is really confusing, and it seems as if even the campus police don’t understand it. Don’t be surprised if you end up breaking the rules without meaning to do so. The typical rule of thumb on game days and at parties is this: if it’s in a cup, it’s fine. Drugs are a whole different story. The University Police Department, the University itself, and the Oxford Police Department all take drugs and drug-related paraphernalia very seriously. There are stiff fines that accompany these policies, as well as possible jail time or expulsion from the University.
Another thing that you don’t mess around with in Oxford is drinking and driving. Over the past few years, there have been several alcohol-related accidents. The University and the city both created an alcohol task force to figure out how to handle drinking and driving. They’ve tried to help students understand that if they do go out and get drunk without having a designated driver, then there are still other options. Take Rebel Ride or call a cab so you don’t risk an accident. It’s safe to say that strictness waivers between a fairly lenient drinking policy (when no driving is involved) and strict visitation and dorm rules.