Campus Strictness

Wheaton, IL
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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Every student upon applying to the school signs the Community Covenant, a document with that outlines expectations for behavior on and off campus. While some might see it as strict, the Covenant is an essential part of life at Wheaton.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It is awesome. They have a strict rule regarding community improvement.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: In order to go to Wheaton, one must sign the Community Covenant. This, of course, is your own choice. Signing the Covenant basically means that you want to live in a way that honors God. The rest of the rules are simply for safety.

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Wheaton has many rules, but for a good reason. While many of the rules may seem ridiculous, they are really what make Wheaton the place it is, and what brings the sincere quality among it's community.
Many students complain about the rules (including myself! though not always verbally) But it should be pointed out that every student knew what they were getting into by coming to this school

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1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Extremely strict. It is a dry campus and there should be no parties thrown on campus grounds.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 26th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 598th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1122nd
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Debbie Knubley
St. Louis, MO
English Lit with Writing Concentration
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Many students agree that the Wheaton College Public Safety is one of the most frustrating aspects of the College, and only about half of students say that the officers are friendly and helpful. P-Safety officers are infamous for the high number of fines distributed to students for small infractions. While they do a great job of ensuring student safety, they handle small matters with intensity and often appear to have little regard for the students when handing out parking tickets. Students joke that P-Safety officers just stroll the campus looking for the next victim to be fined. Word of advice: Things go much smoother if you are friendly and cooperative with the officers. Running away doesn’t help. Unless you’re really, really fast.

The Wheaton College administration takes matters of discipline very seriously, much more so than most collegiate institutions. But that is to be expected, as it is a private Christian college. Every student who chooses to attend Wheaton must sign the Community Covenant, thereby agreeing to live under Wheaton’s rules and regulations. These rules can seem pretty ridiculous at times, but each one is presented clearly in the Covenant and is given with biblical support. Even so, many students feel that the school should show a little more Christian compassion when it comes to disciplinary matters. If you get caught breaking the Covenant, you will be disciplined. This may mean disciplinary probation, revoking of parking privileges, fines, and possibly expulsion, depending on the severity of your actions. Some students have found it pretty easy to break the rules, just so long as you’re careful.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being on rooftops of buildings
  • Breaking opposite-sex visitation rules outside of open-floor hours
  • Drinking
  • Having co-ed dance parties
  • Parking illegally
  • Pulling pranks
  • Smoking
  • Streaking across campus (more commonly known as "Kingdom Runs")
Visitation Policies
You can have visitors to your room whenever you like, as long as they are of the same sex. They are very strict about open-floor rules, even if your visitor is a member of your family. There is no check-in desk. A friend or family member can stay in your room for a couple of days, as long as you let your RA know.
Did You Know?
Wheaton's Internet network restricts access to certain types of Web sites. Besides not being allowed to visit restricted sites, a database will record the site you were trying to access when you were blocked. A lengthy list of restrictions to the same sort of site will result in a conversation with the administration.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 39 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 53 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 9% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 40% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 51% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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