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4 College Freshman

Administration: campus security is great, but they need to be more strict about substance abuse

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Our school administrators are constantly trying to maintain an equilibrium between giving each student their freedom as adults and keeping a safe and respectable community.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They will be on top of you if you have a girl in your room.

2 College Freshman

Administration: It's a little too strict

2 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is strict. That's a fact. A lot of obnoxious rules will be enforced. There's a lot to say here but I'll keep it short, the rules are strict, the enforcing varies but is more often then not, strict.


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While Ave Maria does enforce its policies, campus security and the RAs are typically understanding and flexible with many rules. The RAs especially are fair and give students warnings for dress code or disciplinary violations. Some of the rules are very unique to AMU, and the students are generally compliant with obeying them, while less-obtrusive policies—such as those pertaining to dress code—are more leniently enforced. The attendance rules here are a bit stricter, but they are ultimately up to the discretion of each professor, who decides his or her own attendance policy. Of course, attendance is always encouraged, and some professors are stricter than others, but the situation varies. As far as guest visitation is concerned, the school is fairly lenient as long as the students abide by the rules (i.e. filling out the forms when necessary).

By far the strictest rule at Ave Maria concerns the presence of the opposite sex in the dorms. Guys must be accompanied by a girl in the girls' dorms and can only be in the common rooms and lobby. The same is true for girls: They must be escorted by a guy in the male dorms and can only be in the common rooms. The opposite sex is never to be in the dorm rooms. Overall, with the exception of the rule concerning guys and girls in the dorms, Ave Maria is fairly flexible, and although the consequences (fines) can be harsh, the demand for them is rare.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being noisy during quiet hours
  • Going into an opposite-sex dorm
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
Students are allowed to have visitors on campus at any point, and guests can stay either at the Xavier Conference Center or in the dorms (same-sex guests only). The conference center offers a variety of rooms at varying prices and is located on campus. Guests staying with you in the dorms must be the same sex and you must have your roommates' approval. Also, students must request to have a guest at least 24 hours in advance and must turn in the visitor guest form.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 33 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 39 responses

  • 56% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 31% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 8% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 5% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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