Campus Strictness

Walla Walla, WA
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: In my opinion, they don't do quite enough to stop underage drinking.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The buildings are very secure and security guards do a great job.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness really depends on where you live. If you're living in dorms, you can expect rather average to strict policy about noise, drinking and partying. Expect that an RA will knock on your door if you're having a loud party past quiet hours- especially on a week night. And, during final exam week, dorm staff is very strict about maintaining quiet hours. But, if you live off campus- even in a frat house, policy is a lot more lenient. But even so, Whitman staff's implementation comes down to repeated warnings as opposed to punishment.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: You can't have an open container of alcohol on campus but the health center is open 24/7 and students who get sick from excessive drinking can go to the health center and get taken care of by a nurse all night long, no questions asked, and even if the student is drinking underage, they will not be disciplined for their actions but rather the nurse will simply help them get better.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I would say that the school is more strict academically than socially, but that students tend to appreciate the academically rigorous environment. Professors are very fair, especially when students are respectful of their time and policies. As for social aspects, WC Administration does not turn a blind eye to or condemn underage drinking. Rather, they ask that all drinking in the residence halls happens behind closed doors (so as to avoid making any other residents feel uncomfortable) and that RA's are informed of any parties or gatherings where alcohol will be involved. This is not so the participants can be written up, but so the RA's can assist anyone involved who has had too much or may need help. The system aims to create a trusting environment that places most of the responsibility in the hands of the students to take care of themselves. However, it also provides them with trustworthy, nonjudgmental resources should anything get out of hand.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 453rd
    Best Campus Police
  • 907th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara Rasmussen
Salem, Ore.
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Technically, Whitman has a no-tolerance policy when it comes to drugs, but a very relaxed alcohol policy. In fact, first-year students are allowed to drink in their rooms as long as the door is shut, and the group of people inside the room is small. Students, however, are not allowed to walk down the hall with an unsealed, open container of alcohol, but do not get in trouble necessarily for possessing alcohol.

Whitman's policies make the school a place that allows students enough room to experiment and have their fun with alcohol, particularly. Whitman, in reality, is a pretty big drinking school, but it is very possible and common to find other social activities where alcohol is not involved. However, because of other factors (for example, how rigorous academics are), the relaxed policy lends itself to students governing their own lives and schedules. Those who spend too much time partying definitely end up paying for it academically, or in some other way. Though, generally, Whitman is a school that knows when to study hard and knows when to play hard. There are many options for students to have fun. Students looking for a non-exclusive party environment can find it very easily, and students who want to avoid the party scene can do so pretty easily, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Destroying public property
  • Having candles or incense in a dorm room
  • Making too much noise in the dorms
  • Smoking pot
  • Sneaking alcohol between dorm rooms (it's not allowed in the hallways)
  • Trying to swim in Lakum Duckum (a small pond where the ducks on campus live)

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 19 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 17 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 47% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 47% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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