Campus Strictness

Nashville, TN
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Strictness is high in the wrong things. The campus is strict on honor code, going to classes, consternation with professors and the like, yet they aren't as strict on underage drinking and how LOUD the campus is on a regular basis on weekends.

Rarely do I see police officers on campus. Burglaries and muggings are frequent on and near the campus, and we don't receive conflict resolution emails so I believe there haven't been any conflict resolutions.

If students live anywhere near the freshman dorms or frats and sororities, they should find a friend who lives far from there to stay with on the weekends. The noise is INCREDIBLE. Students just don't care because the adults don't care.

In addition, there are many underage students who end up in the hospital regularly with alcohol poisoning, but the school keeps letting them off the hook, and the pattern continues.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think the things that they are strict on are the things that most students have a tendency to not violate, so they feel that they can be strict because there will be no backlash and no fighting. The things that most students violate tend to be glazed over, or they just look the other way.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Sometimes it can seem a little much, but being in Nashville forces the school to enact additional safety precautions.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The Vanderbilt Police are a joke and RAs are usually pretty easygoing. I've seen RAs partying with their hall mates even though they were underage.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very lax environment; the school overall is not strict, and trusts the students.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 485th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 546th
    Best Campus Police
  • 798th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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Vandy’s stance on strictness can be summed up by one freshman RA, who, when asked about his enforcement policies simply said, “be reasonable.” The University does a tremendous job of allowing students to alleviate their stress or repression in an environment where Vandy students can have a good time. Still, they can easily get help if they need it. For the most part, Vandy Police, in particular the VUPD Officers assigned to Greek Row, exist as a form of formal crowd control and will not step in unless things get really out of control.

Campus strictness will be on the rise, as Vanderbilt has made it very clear that it intends to crack down. Certainly, the days of standing on a frat house balcony and raising your glass to passing VUPD has passed, but it is not clear to what extent things will change.


Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Parking tickets
  • Public intoxication
  • Underage drinking
  • Vandalism

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 51 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 48 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% 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.
  • 48% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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