Campus Strictness

Location
Norman, OK
Undergrads
18,111
Tuition (in-state)
$20,343 ($8,706)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I like the fact that the campus has initiatives to curve underaged drinking; I know that it is a problem on many college campuses, and the fact that they are proactive in taking a look on how to improve campus life is impressive.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: OU has gotten better about the no drinking policy on campus. Otherwise, you could get away with a lot while living in the dorms

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Technically, OU is considered a dry campus, however it is not always routinely enforced.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: OU knows drugs and alcohol are used, but the main goal is to keep students safe. However, it can be very bad to be caught doing illegal things.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are times when campus police can get incredibly strict, especially in terms of parking (which has horrible hours of allowable parking if you do not have a pass.) Otherwise, they are pretty normal about underage drinking and drinking in the dorms. OU is a dry campus.

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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
Hometown
Oklahoma City
Major
History and French
Grad Year
2016
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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 124 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 135 responses

  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 4% 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.
  • 36% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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