Campus Strictness

Wellesley, MA
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Wellesley is strict in some aspects and in other aspects it is totally not. One thing that is strongly enforced is the honor code. There even is a council that holds a hearing if you violate a major honor code rule. For alcohol and drugs, there isn't much of it out in the open on campus, so it's rather lenient. RA's won't get you in trouble, and you won't get in trouble if the Good Samaritan policy is in act.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Wellesley's policies allow students to have enough freedom to do most of the things they would like to. Wellesley is very good at drawing strict lines when activities impede upon the safety of students and faculty. Basically, Wellesley will let its students have all of the freedom they need to create new organizations, events, or to simply enjoy themselves but will stop any illegal and dangerous behaviors quickly and authoritatively.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If you are generally respectful of your peers you will not get in trouble.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: We rely heavily upon the honor code here. Violating it can have severe consequences, including meeting with the honor code council.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: My school is not really strict and lets the students do their own thing for the most part. Dorm life is very lax, and part of this is because students tend to not get very crazy. So there's not that much monitoring.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 52nd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 75th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 351st
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Safety Harbor, FL
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
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For many students, perceived campus strictness is a result of the administration's tendency toward hypocrisy. Why all the rhetoric about "independent women" if you're not going to let legal women drink in their own living rooms? Why assume students are responsible enough to take on complicated, important ideas and then make them sign up if they want to have a party? Why treat students like adults in the classroom but like children outside of it? Sometimes campus police or res staff will pretend they don't know what's going on, but more often, any violations of the extremely strict alcohol policy will get you a date to defend yourself before your peers and faculty on the Alcohol Hearing Board.

Of couse, it is a liability issue—if Wellesley were to get slapped with a serious lawsuit, it would affect their ability to educate. And obviously the law says you must be 21 to drink. But students understand all this and still see more leniency and less "parenting" at similar schools. A word to prospies: You're not going to win this battle, so if you like the idea of keg parties, having some beers on the dorm lawn, or even a quiet dinner with wine in the dorm kitchen, reconsider Wellesley.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being loud during quiet hours
  • Drinking underage or in common spaces, including your room if the door is open
  • Having an unregistered party, i.e. not telling Campus Police you'll be getting a big group together
  • Parking illegally
  • Violating the fire code (shoes or boxes left in hall, for example)
Visitation Policies
Students are allowed to have three guests each for a maximum of three consecutive nights' stay in a dorm room.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 37 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 47 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 36% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 57% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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