Campus Strictness

Los Angeles, CA
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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: not very strict, usually okay with everything as long as you behave

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: In most areas, I see a good balance of strictness on campus, meaning that administration keeps things safe and functioning without being too overbearing. That being said, some students complain that things are too strict (you have to jump through a ton of hoops to visit friends in other dorms and DPS breaks up parties often). On the other end of the scale the enforcement of alcohol and drug usage rules really depend on individual authority figures.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The strictness isn't that bad, honestly if you make smart choices, even if there aren't the best, but use your head, you'll be fine.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's nice that they understand that we're students and we party. That's fine. But when it comes to sexual assault, it's pretty atrocious how lenient they are.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Basically if you want to excel in school you will choose the right path


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 796th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 988th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1257th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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USC is a lenient campus, but plagiarism, acts of hate, theft, violence, and reckless drug and alcohol abuse are not tolerated when displayed publicly. These offenses can result in failing classes, losing housing privileges, and expulsion if the offense is severe enough. RAs have a reputation for lenience in freshman housing, but students on bad terms with RAs tend to get in trouble for partying more than other people do. Remember, when it all comes down to it, RAs are students just like you, so treat them like you would anyone else, with respect and courtesy, yet understand that they have a job to do, and they’re only there to help. The University is not out to catch USC students for getting wild from time to time.

While the school seems lax about rule bending, it is more that students are not out to get wild. Once President Sample began cracking down on the reckless behavior of fraternities, parties became more mellow and now have little effect on the academic ideals of the University. As long as students seem to be acting safely and with respect for the community, no one is bothered.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles and incense burning in a dorm room
  • Noise violations
  • Parking illegally
  • Parking your bike in the wrong place
  • Plagiarism

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 147 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 173 responses

  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 52% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 42% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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