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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They are strict with underage substance use and keep students in line on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Some strictnesss in the dorms but not much, no drug or alcohol is allowed on campus

Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Again, I live off campus in a different neighborhood, so my campus experience is very limited.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The only time people are usually affected by violating the code of the school is when they are being stupid in some way. If people are doing something they aren't supposed to be doing but are smart about it they usually don't get in trouble. However, if they are stupid about it (being really loud or causing trouble) they are likely to get in trouble. It is really all about how a person chooses to handle them self in a given situation and how they treat the RAs/Public Safety Officers if caught violating the rules.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not too strict, if you are smart about things


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 724th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1344th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1393rd
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Palka
Thousand Oaks, CA
English and Theology
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too loud
  • Parking illegally
  • Using or possessing alcohol
  • Using or possessing marijuana
Visitation Policies
The University has a policy on intervisitation (having a member of the opposite sex in your room). Guests are allowed from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The University considers it a party any time there's more than six people in a room. Additionally, if you're planning to have guests stay over, you're supposed to have it approved by your RA and Community Director (CD), but that policy is rarely, if ever, enforced.
Did You Know?
The Department of Public Safety (commonly referred to as "P-Safe") is located on the South Side of Hughes Administration Hall and is open 24 hours.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 97 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 119 responses

  • 24% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 56% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 14% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 6% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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