Campus Strictness

Location
Valparaiso, IN
Undergrads
2,855
Tuition
$32,250
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I do not like being told what to do so the strictness bugs me, but I listen to what the rules are. They make the rules for a reason. You can get away with it if your careful, but you are risking a lot

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It's suppose to be a dry campus, but what college is. Its suppose to be non-smoking but people still smoke although I wish they didn't.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Sometimes too strict, often times not.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Average. more strict with alcohol.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus dorm life and in-classroom monitoring can be a bit excessive at times, but overall it protects the students and the university from liabilities.

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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
Hometown
Schofield, WI
Major
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 55 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 72 responses

  • 10% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 14% 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.
  • 26% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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