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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.