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3 College Junior

Administration: Some policies relating to parking are bad.

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2 College Freshman

Administration: DPS does not really break up the parties or things they should. The noise level is very loud always and is never kept under control.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: They come off to be a lot more strict than they actually are. As long as you are smart about what you do you will not have an issue with the administration.

4 College Junior

Administration: If DPS tried any harder it would just get annoying. Stuff like this happens on college campus's one way or another.

4 College Freshman

Administration: It is not unlikely to see DPS officers make people poor drinks out but they're pretty fair overall


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Although any student who has been written up before might disagree, RAs and DPS officers are actually pretty nice and helpful, unless you get on their bad side by being overly rowdy and/or disrespectful. They are required to enforce the rules, but their biggest priority is the student's safety and well-being. In other words, if they find you walking dazedly around late at night, they will help you find your way back to your hall safely. But if you yell at them or ignore them when they tell you to shut down your party, expect to be written up. Bryant is not a dry campus, but it does have a fairly strict alcohol and drug policy. The freshman halls are alcohol-free, as is the S.A.F.E. hall. Alcohol is permitted in all other residence halls and townhouses, but is subject to age and amount limitations. Most upperclassmen find it pretty easy to get and keep alcohol in their suites, as long as it is not left lying around in the open. That is not to say that freshmen do not find ways around the rules, too; they are just harder to bend or avoid in the carefully-monitored freshman halls. Any student seen carrying an open container on campus will usually just be told by an RA or DPS officer to pour it out. Bryant is very tough on drugs and has been known to call the Smithfield Police when marijuana (the most common offender) or other drugs are involved. Students have been expelled for serious drug-related offenses (usually selling and/or possession of large quantities). RAs make regular rounds and often ask students to turn down their music during quiet hours (after 11 p.m. on weeknights, 1 a.m. on weekends, and throughout finals period).

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being loud
  • Carrying more alcohol onto campus than is allowed
  • Having alcohol in the freshman dorms
  • Having an open container outside
  • Having prohibited items such as coffee pots and lamps in their dorm room
  • Mouthing off to DPS or an RA
  • Parking illegally
Visitation Policies
Students are only allowed one guest per night. Guests have to be signed in using the online form on the DPS website in order to receive a guest pass and be permitted on campus. Guests are permitted to park on campus, as long as the guest pass is displayed on their dashboard. All guests must be over the age of 18; otherwise special approval from the VP of Student Affairs or the Dean of Students is required.
Did You Know?
Second violations of the Bryant alcohol and drug policies can lead to housing probations, fines, and parental notification.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 92 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 112 responses

  • 24% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 62% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 12% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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