Campus Strictness

Richardson, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$25,084 ($10,666)
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I like the campus strictness of the school I go to.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are good about not letting things get out of hand, but rather than that students can do as they please.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: UTD is generally pretty strict, especially concerning parking and academic dishonesty.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't live on campus so I don't know a whole lot about the strictness levels on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They are EXTREMELY strict about academics and keeping a SPECIFIC GPA. You must remain above it to stay in good academic standing.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 640th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1004th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1156th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hanoi, Vietnam
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
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Even during weekends, the UT Dallas campus retains a calm and quiet atmosphere that is widely attributed to the campus police’s strictness. While the police won’t conduct random searches every weekday, they do take security and safety issues very seriously. Hazards from hazing, pranks and firearm possession—including paintball guns—fall under this category, so watch out if you’re one of those bad boys who makes practical jokes once in a while. The authorities watch drug possession quite closely, especially in the freshman dorms, with the help of peer advisers, but it seems a little easier to store alcohol in your apartments. Visitation and pet policies are relatively loose, too; many students manage to hide their pet snake or spider in their senior apartments. The majority of classes takes attendance, and there’s usually no easy way to get around it. However, not skipping classes can sometimes work out very well for you grade-wise—duh!—as some professors award out-of-proportion points for good attendance.

The PAs are quite reasonable, but overall, residence hall PAs may be stricter than those in other residential buildings, as required by the administration. Once you move out of the Res-Hall, you can enjoy an easier life with loud music, a trash-filled kitchen, and frequent girlfriend/boyfriend visits. If you violate any trivial rules, the managers will usually give you a second chance and a couple of days to fix it. If it takes you more than that to clean up the mess that is your room, expect to pay some fines and/or receive further warnings.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating or plagiarizing
  • Consuming and/or keeping alcohol
  • Parking without the right permit
  • Playing loud music or making excessive noise, especially in the residence hall
  • Speeding on campus or running stop signs
Visitation Policies
On paper, visitation is closely monitored and restricted. Non-overnight hours end at midnight on weekdays and at 2 a.m. on weekends. A resident can only host at most one overnight guest for two nights per month, and that guest has to be registered with management. In actuality, no one really watches over dorm visitation. The rules still work, however, by encouraging responsible actions from residents. Everyone understands that it only takes one high-profile incident for the University Village to enforce the rules more vigorously.
Did You Know?
  • The freshman residence halls close for two weeks of winter break, but the on-campus apartments stay open. Therefore, a lot of international freshmen who decide to stay back on campus for the break temporarily move in with their friends in the apartments. University Village probably knows of this, but gives these students a pass, as long as there are no complaints or problems.
  • The walls of the freshman residence halls are paper-thin, so don't expect to successfully conceal midnight visitations. In this case, cooperation is a much wiser choice; play by the rules-or reasonably off of them-and you won't get into any trouble.
  • A student once "tested" the fire alarm system in the Residence Hall North by pulling the alarm without seeing any apparent threat. The alarm went off loudly, the whole building was evacuated, and moments later, the Richardson police arrived. Upon finding the responsible student, they promptly arrested the guy-yes, with handcuffs-and escorted him off campus.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 86 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 103 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 51% 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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