Campus Strictness

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$40,054 ($12,668)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Really depends on your professors/RAs for attendance or underage drinking in the dorms. The honor code holds you to your promise not to lie, cheat or steal. The university police are extremely helpful, they're truly looking out for the students, and don't want to get you into trouble.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Overall the campus strictness allows for better happiness on grounds.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not too strict but you don't feel unsafe! The strictest thing is the honor code but that's a good thing because it means you can leave your backpack somewhere for hours and no one will steal it :)

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 573rd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 583rd
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Haley Bryant
Hometown
London, UK
Major
Media Studies
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Students at UVA find that the authorities are generally very lenient, especially where alcohol is concerned. In many ways, campus police act more like surrogate parents than strict enforcers. They are mainly concerned with safety, and they are definitely not out to get anyone. RAs and other student security enforcers can be far more strict and obnoxious than the police are, which is the reverse of what you usually find at colleges. If you’re caught drinking publicly at UVA, the police are just as likely to ignore it or chuckle and make you toss your cup as they are to actually detain you.

UVA’s administration presses down hard on all hard-core drug use, however, and security is more reflective of this. Don’t expect security officials to look the same way at drugs as they may at alcohol. The primary goal of UVA security is to keep campus safe for everyone, and any run-ins you may have will reflect this. Whether you are of age or under 21, be aware that you can get arrested for being drunk in public, carrying an open container, or using/lending a fake ID. Going out to bars underage when you have been warned that the ABC is out patrolling is never a good idea either.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Bringing alcohol into the stadium during football games
  • Drinking
  • Parking illegally
  • Streaking the lawn

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 105 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 109 responses

  • 40% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 59% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 1% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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