Campus Strictness

Norman, OK
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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus doesn't seem very strict at all. I don't involve myself in anything that can get me in trouble but it seems that you can pretty much do what you want as long as you don't go too overboard.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: During the day the campus has very few restrictions on who can go where, but at night it's a different story. By midnight on the weekdays (not too late for a student to be up studying or hanging out), you better not be in somebody else's dorm hall, or you get cited. Extra if that hall belongs to the opposite gender. And while I myself don't drink, if my roommate has alcohol in the room I have to clear out because if he gets found with it, then we have 24 hours to find a new place to live, being out of the room may not save me from that punishment. The campus may have a three-strike policy, but the dorms definitely don't. The police patrols on the floor also don't help with that relaxed feeling.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is the right balance between freedoms and doing what's best for the student body.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: This campus is not very strict. I think the campus holds all policies very fairly. When it comes to alcohol use we cannot have it in the dorms and that is very fair. They will not come through your rooms to check if you have alcohol but if they see a student with alcohol or hear about it harming a student then they will take immediate action. Visiting hours are very clear and is very fair. To me being able to have guests from 11:00 am till 12:00 midnight is very fair and perfect time for college students. People may not spend the night but if it happens and you are not being loud no one will complain. Very fair housing rules and drinking rules. Not a hard campus to live it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The strictness is written in, but whether or not it actually happens is a better question.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 929th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1232nd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1313rd
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Hurd
Oklahoma City
History and French
Grad Year
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Overall, the campus is very lenient about enforcing its alcohol rules. Drinking is a traditional aspect of the college experience in the minds of most administrators and enforcers, and it happens constantly on campus. Rather than fight a difficult battle that could not be won, the OU administration follows a policy of lax enforcement except in situations regarding safety. If students wish to drink illegally, that is their prerogative, but the University retains the right to disallow drinking on campus and will more actively enforce its policies if the drinking threatens to harm people or property. Tailgating parties on football game days typically involve large quantities of alcohol, as do Greek parties and house parties. The University accepts this but is more inclined to stop it if the drinking becomes rowdy. Most non-alcohol rules are fairly leniently enforced by Resident Advisers, who are willing to give students second chances. If a visitor leaves the dorms an hour late due to honest mistake, RAs rarely will write a citation. Most classes allow for several absences, and some lectures do not take attendance at all. However, there are a few classes that subtract from a student's final grade for each excessive absence, so students should not miss unnecessarily.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking in your dorm
  • Parking illegally
Visitation Policies
Visitation policy is only strictly enforced in the freshman dorms, where Resident Advisers are responsible for enforcing them. Visitors are allowed Sunday through Thursday until 12 a.m., and Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 113 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 128 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 59% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 37% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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