Campus Strictness

Williamstown, MA
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If you're intelligent/responsible about what you are doing, you can do nearly anything you'd like.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school police are so nice!

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus security is there to help you, not to punish you

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Here you kind of have to pick your battles. On the one hand, security breaks up on campus parties often either because of noise complaints or because they track how many student's are swiping into each building at once. Since most parties are on campus, this can become a problem. On the other hand, unless there is hard alcohol in plain sight security rarely writes up anyone and basically just tells everyone to leave and makes you poor out the alcohol. So, you may not have the best time but you also probably won't get in trouble.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus security is really only present to help students out and keep them from killing themselves. They are very reasonable. If you are at a house party that gets broken up, you can just walk right out the door and go to a different party. Hell, you can even stumble around drunk and they won't stop you except maybe to ask if you're okay. A first time offense (walking around outside with an open container, etc.) carries no penalty and will not go on your record, requiring only that you meet with an officer briefly (Tony's the man - we just talked about Montana fly fishing for 20 minutes). That said, party hosts serving larger amounts of alcohol (such as unregistered kegs) or serving to minors can accumulate strikes which ultimately lead to more severe penalties.

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  • 258th
    Best Campus Police
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    Strictest Honor Code

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Semira Menghes
Atlanta, GA
American Studies - Arts in Context
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There isn't one answer when it comes to strictness at Williams because it varies with the nature and seriousness of a situation. Campus Security’s strictness depends on the officer, but almost all officers ignore parties involving beer and Beirut, and others will occasionally join in on the game. The head of security dislikes hard liquor and will sometimes write people up for it. So, the rule of thumb is drink beer in the common room (unless you’re a Frosh) and take shots in your room. It’s not the safest system, but it’s the easiest way to party without getting in trouble.

One must weigh the consequences of a late library book versus that of alcohol poisoning, and many feel Williams College security should, too. While Williams has many rules, most students do not find it difficult to follow them. Rules should be observed with equal rigor, both when it comes to library policies and underage drinking.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
Smoking in dorms

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics     Based on 20 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 21 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 29% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 67% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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