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Administration: The administration has a somewhat lenient alcohol policy, with Amherst campus police officers only shutting down parties if they get truly out of hand or if there are illicit items present. However, campus police officers will not hesitate to write-up underage drinkers if they catch you walking around with alcohol on campus, which is a shame because they must have something better they could be doing rather than making underage students' lives miserable.

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Administration: So far I've had a very positive experience!

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Administration: There are some communication issues

4 College Freshman

Administration: I have not had any problems. Many students don't really talk to the administration and just complain about them. However, they are always available and willing to listent to students concerns. Some changes maybe don't take place as quickly as students would like to, but you can't build a house from the roof down.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: People complain about the administration, but honestly, they're quite lenient with everyone.


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Amherst College, to the relief of those students who, on occasion, might find themselves disregarding the Massachusetts minimum drinking age, employs a small but adequate police force. The campus police officers are far more lenient than  Massachusetts state police officers, and usually the worst case scenario is that a college police officer reports you to the Dean of Students Office. This is not to say that you can’t get in trouble. Massachusetts has quite a few idiosyncratic bylaws concerning drinking, the most notorious being the one that forbids anyone from holding an open container of alcohol while outdoors. More than a few students have been taken into custody because they walked out of a party with a bottle still in their hand.

The College itself seems to be hospitable to the concept of a second chance. No one has been known to be permanently expelled from Amherst for any reason other than blatant academic dishonesty, and if someone has, they must have done something so atrocious as to warrant jail time. If the college administration recognizes a disciplinary problem, usually that student will be suspended for a year, and in cases of substance abuse, may be asked to take part in a rehabilitation program.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage, although usually campus police are lenient about this, and nothing will come of it.
  • Having unauthorized kegs
  • Holding an open container of alcohol while outdoors
  • Holding an unauthorized party
  • Parking illegally
  • Smoking indoors

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 29 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 30 responses

  • 53% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 47% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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