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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Valpo is very strict in particular about the honor code. This is good because it protects the academic integrity of the students. Campus should be more strict about alcohol on campus and smoking on campus. Both are prohibited, but it is common to see them daily.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They are really strict about their academic policies, but they don't really affect your social life.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Rules exist to protect students. I'm down with that.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: There's not much I can say about the campus strictness. I don't not feel like the campus has "strict" rules. They all are there for a reason, and if they are to keep the students safe and without chaos and disorder I am all for them. I'v gotten violation for having a candle in my room (even though it was my roommates) but I understand why we needed to be written up if the RA feels like we could have possibly put others in risk of a candle incident...what I'm trying to say is if the rules are keeping me safe, then I'm happy that they are being enforced no mater what.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus is very strict about some things and not very strict about other things. The honor code and visitation in the dorms extremely strict. The honor code is taken very seriously by the professor and administrators and not so seriously by the students. Visitation in the dorms is kind of ridiculous! The opposite sex can't be on your floor, except for in the lounge after 2am. Quiet hours also start fairly early, at 10pm, but depending on the RA are either majorly enforced or not enforced very much. Underage drinking and drug use happens on campus but typically not in the dorms. Creating a new student organization is supposed to be easy to do at Valpo but there are a lot of different requirements in order to create one.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 25th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1054th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1400th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amber Will
Schofield, WI
Political Science and History
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How strict the campus seems depends on whether you are looking at VUPD or Judicial Board policies and punishments (out of dorm vs. in dorm). VUPD handles drug and alcohol issues both in and out of the dorms, but the RAs and the dorm J-Boards handle other serious and non-serious write-ups. Each J-Board is a group of students elected by the dorm to hand out punishments for noise violations, alcohol use, curfew violations, and door propping. The J-Board punishments are notoriously more lenient than those handed out by VUPD.

Punishments from J-Board could be simply writing an essay on why what you did is wrong and why the rule is necessary. More serious crimes are handled by the VUPD. Many students will complain about the policies if caught drinking. If the police catch you, they will take you to jail where you sit for six hours before bail can be posted. There used to be a saying that "you haven't experienced Valpo until you've been arrested." Your record can be expunged with some community service and classes, though.

Overall, people complain about the police often, but they do increase the safety around campus. Most people feel that the police affect campus in a positive way as long as you learn to respect the rules, or at least be prepared to accept the consequences.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too noisy in the dorms
  • Downloading music
  • Having a member of the opposite sex in a room after visitation hours
  • Parking illegally
  • Propping open the side doors to the residence halls
  • Underage drinking and/or public intoxication
  • Violating the Honor Code (Valpo's academic honesty policy)
Visitation Policies
You can have guests of the opposite sex in your room until 1 a.m. on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends. Your floor can vote to make the lounge available to both genders at all times of day.
Did You Know?
VUPD is not a security force but an actual police department. Officers are trained the same as other city police officers.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 62 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 78 responses

  • 9% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 13% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 50% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 28% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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