Campus Strictness

New Haven, CT
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They treat alcohol and drug use as health issues, so you won't get in trouble if you are caught drinking.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus is not very strict, but rather the university takes it upon themselves to educate students to be very safe in terms of alcohol consumption etc.

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College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not sure if a good rating means the school is less or more strict...

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I would say that the administration overall works to keep the student's interests at the top of the priority. There have been some issues that have come up, academic and otherwise, but in these cases YCC (Yale College Council) has done a great job of confronting the administration and getting as much change as possible.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are high standards here!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 22nd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 82nd
    Best Campus Police
  • 906th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Glodo
Winter Park, FL
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The Yale administration is notoriously lenient towards most student activities, especially alcohol. The university tends to value safety and moderation above punishment or strictness, and the Yale police and staff are more likely to warn students about certain behaviors than write them up. A common example of this policy occurs during fire code inspections. Students are technically "not allowed" to have microwaves, but it is assumed that most suites will own one. All students have to do to pass fire expection is cover their microwave with a towel. This relationship between Yale authority and its students is typical in many areas, especially alcohol. As long as you don't reach extremes, the administration won't bother you.

Beginning at freshmen orientation, Yale makes it clear to students that the University expects underage drinking to occur on campus. Students are encouraged to consume in moderation, in safety, and to look out for one another if they choose to drink. Yalies will never get in trouble for going to Yale Health Services after drinking too much. Students are warned, however, that if their behavior or condition is severe enough to involve the New Haven Police or Hospital, they will face consequences.

Yale's policy of "safety before punishment" receives mixed reviews among students. Many students enjoy the lax atmosphere and take full advantage of it. Others feel that the system reflects a lack of care for the students and leads to too many dangerous situations. The University is very strict on certain issues, however. Sexual harassment and/or rape (under any circumstances) is not tolerated, nor are hard drugs and narcotics.

Essentially, Yale attempts to walk the line between student safety and free choice. The system has its pros and cons but has, in general, supported a positive atmosphere on campus and promoted the safety of its students.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Having candles or incense in your dorm
  • Hosting an unregistered party with 25 or more people
  • Illegally downloading copyrighted materials
  • Jaywalking across Elm St. (Cross Campus to Old Campus)
  • Owning firearms
  • Parking illegally
  • Parking your bike in the wrong place
  • Playing bladderball (banned in 1982)
Visitation Policies
Yale doesn't have any restrictions on visitation. However, the policy doesn't appear to result in abuse of the system. Most Yalies are too busy to host friends often; when they do, it's usually because their friends from other schools are visiting Yale for conferences, academic events, or joint concerts. Of course, there is always a serious crunch for floor space during the Yale/Harvard game weekend.
Did You Know?
As befits an academic institution where most of the professors make their living on their ideas, Yale upholds strict policies on plagarism and illegal obtainment of resources. This means that there is strict policing of illegal downloads, so think twice before illegally downloading music or movies.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 45 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 56 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 34% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 64% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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