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4 College Sophomore

Administration: I haven't found 'strictness' on campus to be a problem, honestly.

3 College Junior

Administration: The most ridiculous problems I've had in the past are with the visitation in dorms issue. They recently restricted visitors even further than before, and it's a very frustrating problem.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Administration tends to focus on it's view to the public than on the needs of students.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Barnard is super chill, the hard parties are at Columbia, and because of proximity, it's super easy to go party then come back to Barnard and relax.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It's nyc- they can't regulate you that much


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When you get into Barnard, one of the first things you will start to read are all the rules. You will probably worry that you might get in trouble at school for doing something, and your parents will be so pleased to see that the College takes such a strong disciplinary stance. However, the moment you step on campus, all of those rules will go out the window. In fact, the only rule that is enforced at all by the school is that you must show ID before entering a college residence, and even this is oftentimes bent. It's not because Barnard doesn't care about you, but because it has better things to worry about. Strangely, more rules are enforced by other students than by the College. If you smoke in residential buildings, for example, you can expect that someone will complain about the smell.

Kind of like how the security at Barnard is just there for looks, so are the rules they are supposed to enforce. There are also tons of things that you aren't supposed to bring into the dorms, such as alcohol and anything with an open flame, including candles, but don't expect the desk attendant to say anything to you about whatever you might bring to your room. The desk attendants are a little bit stricter in the freshman dorms, but even they aren't too concerned with what students do in their rooms just as long as it's not hurting or bothering anyone. Out of respect, students usually "hide" contraband, but there's not really any need to.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drug possession
  • Having a toaster oven in your suite
  • Keeping candles or other forbidden decorations in your room
  • Parking illegally
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
Guests are required to leave a photo ID at the front desk and must be escorted by the host at all times in the residence building. Frequent repeat visits from the same guest are discouraged and may be denied.

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 37 responses

  • 41% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 54% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 3% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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