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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Brown University is VERY liberal-- in every sense of the word. There's few spaces where there isn't alcohol. It can be frustrating if that's not your thing.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Very relaxed but definitely addresses student concerns and makes us feel safe

5 College Freshman

Administration: So much freedom to do anything we want...parties do get shut down, but only when they're big, and it's usually the Providence police who crack down. My first weekend here, I was walking down the street with an open alcohol container--the Brown police (aka the Bro po) drove by and said "you probably want to put that away, you're not allowed to have open containers." I was glad I put it away because the Providence police (who are much stricter) drove by right after--thanks Bro po!

The administration is vocally a little stricter this year about student organizations throwing parties, but I don't know if student organizations (i.e. frats, clubs, program houses) have actually been prevented from serving alcohol, etc. at parties.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is pretty chill about alcohol/drugs. In certain situations, frats have gotten in trouble for serving alcohol to underage drinkers, but individuals can't really get in trouble for drinking.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Most of the time, Brown is very forgiving. In terms of protests, however, the university has not supported its students in the best way.


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The Brown police are not unlike those cool parents you knew in high school: They let the kids have their parties and almost never check out suspicious smells. While the police will nab students for any blatant displays of illegal behavior, they are unlikely to look for it unless staff or students notify them. These days, the main job of the Brown police is crime prevention and not student supervision. In addition, the counselor support system in the dorms provides a safe, open, and fun environment for the students, not a tool for the University to keep an eye on the students in their rooms.

Although many people think enforcement is lax, people do go to dean’s hearings and letters of reprimand are issued every time. The first few offenses stay confidential, but if the school is aware of a real problem, they will notify your parents and require counseling for social- and substance-related issues. Blatant acts of crime against other students, on the other hand, are dealt with more harshly. The University establishes safe, yet liberal boundaries for students and uses security presence to protect, not police, the students.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Smoking cigarettes in the dorms.
  • Smoking pot in the dorms.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 88 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 91 responses

  • 57% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 38% 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.
  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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