Campus Strictness

Lexington, VA
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Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: In my opinion, people are strict about the things that matter. They're lenient about underage drinking, which is good because everyone is doing it anyway. This way we're doing it the safest way possible. Parking could be less strict; never park in the wrong lot or you will get to make a trip to auto tow. Our honor system is the best in the country.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Since the students are bound by the Honor System and it's enforced by students, there is a trust that exists no where else in the world, and the punishment for breaking that trust in most cases is expulsion, so people take it seriously.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The Honor System is the cornerstone of life at W&L. The school's entire source of integrity and history rests in the student body's respecting the Honor Code. The Honor Code holds up beautifully and is carefully maintained when it comes to academics and even most Virginia laws (under-aged drinking excluded). The drug policies are a bit intense, especially considering the alcohol policies, but it is definitely not a traditional college campus, in that sense. Public Safety are not trying to make students' lives difficult, but they do make it known that they have a job to do. Public Safety give lots of parking tickets, and tow cars often, which is a thorough pain. They are usually the ones to shut down parties, but that is not really their fault, as they are usually trying to protect the student body from the greater city and county police. The attendance policy at W&L is that students come to class. You can miss three classes, usually for an intent purpose, but it is rare that students will miss classes.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Honor system makes our campus superior. Absolutely no cheating, lying, or stealing are permitted. If you're found guilty of any of the previous, you will be permanently dismissed from the university.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Washington and Lee as well as the Lexington community has a very strict honor policy as to not lie, cheat, or steal. As long as you intently adhere to that policy, you will hardly find yourself in any hot water. Immediate expulsion follows any violation of that code. However, with an entire community accepting that policy, you would feel guilty with even the thought of lying, cheating, or stealing.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 49th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 836th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1051st
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

As far as legal strictness at Washington & Lee, students quickly learn that, while the University security forces are willing to hear them out and take a measured, often gracious course of action for their disciplinary problem, the Lexington Police force is not as forgiving. From parking to noise violations to students walking through town at night, the local police force is notorious for handing out violations for what are seen by students as minor infractions. Infamous is the minute minder for the local police force, who can be seen patrolling the streets with their chalk to mark cars for checking a short time after their two-hour limit is up. Towed cars are a common occurrence for students. Those looking to throw parties that will continue any time past 11 p.m. will need to get a kind of noise allowance before hand, and the police can still shut the party down if they receive a noise complaint. Finally, a dominant criticism of the police has been their tendency to stop students walking back to the dorms if they stumble or trip. Police have not hesitated in the past to hand out "minor in possession" charges to those over the legal intoxication limit in public.

For all the less-than-stellar practices of the local police, the campus security forces are known for being reasonable and helpful for students. While remaining alert for discipline issues, security guards are more likely to either give a student a warning for a minor mistake such as a noise violation or provide their honest estimation for more serious infractions. Students often get to know individual security workers and do their part in making their job easier. All in all, the not-so-great practices of the Lexington Police are compensated by the outstanding performance of the school security.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Breaking the University's alcohol policies
  • Drinking alcohol in the dorms
  • Failing to register a vehicle
  • Making excessive noise (but students can get away with quite a bit of rowdiness in the dorms)
  • Plagiarizing online materials
  • Smoking marijuana in the dorms
  • Unauthorized parking
Did You Know?
W&L has a ton of student governance, and for a majority of the things that people get in trouble doing, the sanctions are handled by their peers, resulting in fair punishments. However, if a student feels a sanction is too harsh, he is free to appeal it.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 23 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 29 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 10% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 41% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 45% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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