Campus Strictness

San Francisco, CA
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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It's easy to guide your friends and family to visit campus, as long as you have your ID card ready to swipe into buildings. Getting into the dorm rooms requires visitors to have IDs, or even if they are children and don't have IDs, they have to sign in. I like this as it makes campus feel safer and I wouldn't want just anyone coming into the dorms and passing by (or even coming in) to my room. The rest of campus isn't very strict though. You're free to do whatever, and there are security cameras around.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are a lot of rules, but it is only to protect the students and I understand that.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I live in the off-campus dorm where the residents are entrusted with a bit more responsibility and there are no campus cops. The building is run by community and RA staff. Both teams are rather lax in their duties and are either never around when needed or treat you like you're the bad guy for complaining that the people next door are still partying hard when you're trying to study for a final the following morning.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It may be a little stricter than your average university but that's just because they are a religiously affiliated school and they hold their students to a higher standard of conduct.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The strictness of the USF campus security may seem a bit excessive, but when you consider that the school is in a big city, I feel much safe knowing that there's someone to help and look out for me.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1043rd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1066th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1082nd
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jiordan Castle
Huntington, New York
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
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Most USF students are divided over the strictness of the campus as a whole, especially in regards to alcohol and drug use (typically marijuana) in the dorms. Though lots of students claim to get away with certain illegal or punishable activities, those who are caught face harsh penalties, such as mandatory substance abuse meetings, counseling, or academic probation. If a student is ever caught doing drugs, Public Safety is called immediately, and the student is punished without question. Such an experience is usually embarrassing enough to warrant more discretion or better behavior in the future.

RAs (resident advisers) live on every floor in every residence hall, and they’re typically the ones to catch students behaving badly most of the time. They’re the first level of authority for on-campus students, and as such, it’s their job to note students being too loud or disruptive, having incense or candles (both of which are forbidden in the dorms), or using illegal substances. RAs often catch offenders and report them to higher authority figures for further penalties. Since RAs are also college students, they don’t always set the best examples for their fellow classmates, so most USF students learn to be discreet early on in the semester. It’s as simple as not wandering around drunk in the halls, blasting your music, or leaving your candles and incense out burning during regular room checks.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Having candles and incense in your dorm
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Parking illegally
  • Smoking marijuana in the dorms
  • Smoking right outside of school buildings
  • Texting in class
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
Most residence halls geared toward underclassmen require visitors to sign in at all times, whether they're daytime or overnight guests. Upperclassman residence halls like Loyola Village don't require guests to sign in, but residents must be there to let their guests in for safety purposes.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 102 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 112 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 9% 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.
  • 34% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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