USD has a lot of policies designed to keep students both safe and comfortable on campus. Many students grumble about the enforcement of these policies. Coming back to campus drunk after a night out could earn you a write-up, a fine, a meeting with the dean, a mandatory alcohol safety course, a trip to what is infamously known as "detox," or any combination of these. Punishments get progressively worse for repeat offenses. Luckily, for many, the Residential Life staff will occasionally turn a blind eye to drinking and small parties. However, if alcohol use, drug use, or noise are excessive and blatantly obvious to the point that RAs can’t ignore it, expect to be written up. When RAs step in, they have to follow procedures that can be harsh—from steep fines to calling Public Safety.
Public Safety is notoriously strict. At night, if they see you acting belligerently or incoherently drunk, they won’t hesitate to send you downtown to detox, where you lay on a mat for four hours to sober up before being released. During the day, they enforce parking rules more than anything else. Parking citations are given frequently and can be exorbitantly expensive. If there’s a spot reserved from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you park there at 4:55, they will ticket you without hesitation. It’s safer to drive around campus for 5 minutes and come back. You are allowed to petition tickets from Public Safety, but these petitions work only occasionally. All in all, if you know the rules on campus, blindly obeying them isn’t always necessary. The administration doesn’t want to baby you; they want you to be smart and safe.