Campus Strictness

Wellesley, MA
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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Wellesley is really not that strict. The administration and student policies are most strict on the creation of new organizations and funding for approved orgs. Transportation for orgs and parking on-campus are also more strict topics, but in general Wellesley is lenient. I believe the administrators think we're mature enough to set few rules, give us some guidelines, and allow us to conduct ourselves in an appropriate manner.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Wellesley places a lot of importance on its honor code. As such, students are trusted and given a lot of freedom.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: We have a super strict honor code, but campus police doesn't really care about drugs and alcohol. We are an all-girls school...How crazy can we possibly get. They understand people drink and smoke or whatever, but they also understand that we're safe and we all know how to moderate.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The honor code is by far the strictest thing at this school. Other than that, as long as you have a chill R.A., people get away with lots of stuff.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: You cannot get in trouble for drinking or drugs on campus unless you climbed on top of a roof with a blunt and a strobe light. If you do end up drinking too much (you unintelligible fool) no worries, there will always be another student who will help you. Wellelsley calls it the "Good Samaritan" rule. If another student calls help for you, niether student gets punished and the overdoser will get medical attention.
Needless to say, Wellelsley students are respectful to one another and students drink responisbly anyways.

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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 32 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 42 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 33% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 60% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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