Agnes runs off of an honor system that consists of an honor pledge and honor code. These are the foundations of the Agnes experience and must be accepted before a prospective student will be admitted to the school. Agnes, as an institution, is truly committed to its mission statement, which is "to educate women to think deeply, live honorably, and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times." Like any institution, Agnes does have rules and policies, and the school adheres to them. Agnes isn't a dry campus, but if you're underage and caught in possession of alcohol, you'll have to deal with the consequences, which usually include a letter to parents as well as community service. All in all, policies are strict, but there are few infringements, so the punishments are more forgiving for first-time offenders.
Most classes at Agnes have an attendance policy that is included in your final grade, and these policies are strictly enforced, unless there are extenuating circumstances. The RAs and RDs are fairly tolerant, as far as noise and food is concerned, but they will get you for violation of visitation policy—especially in the first-year dorms. At Agnes, the administration is kind, but they are strict when it comes to violations of the honor code or other serious drug or weapons violations on campus. Overall, it's important to follow the honor code because it does truly dictate life on campus as well as the severity of the punishments.