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5 College Freshman

Administration: Psafe officers are friends. They have brought alcohol to underage parties before. They just make sure everyone is safe, they don't care about drinking or noise or climbing on roofs or anything. Psafe is the best.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The Self Government Association does an excellent job at bridging the communication and power between students and administrators. I've noticed that there is no clear way to identify situations where students are held accountable and should be the ones delineating action and when the administration should which cause tension.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They do their best to hear what the students have to say

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Thanks to the honor code students are not over-policed and are trusted to make their own decisions.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Bryn Mawr is very lucky to have a policy wherein students are comfortable reaching out to campus safety when if a student is in danger. Students have a many opportunities for communicating their concerns to the administration about social events, and the Party Training system means that the administration is able to manage the social atmosphere.

There is definitely an emphasis on attendance at Bryn Mawr, as many classes are small and discussion based, and students are expected to build a class-to-class rapport with their peers and with their professors. I rarely intentionally missed class while at Bryn Mawr, the exception being my larger lecture-style classes.

The honor system is also a point of pride, as students regularly reinforce it amongst each other. It is a system that benefited us, allowing us to schedule our own exams or take them home, and also encourages a positive academic environment.

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The Public Safety officers do not need to be strict. Although it does not address drinking directly, the culture of the honor code seems to dissolve the need for extensive policing on the part of Public Safety. Public Safety does not interfere with underage drinking as long as it is done safely and semi-legally, with “21 and over only” signs posted visibly at parties. Bryn Mawr has a party policy that outlines regulations for students when throwing a gathering for more than 30 people. The policy includes mandatory registration and training and outlines the expectations for the hosts, bouncers, and servers for parties serving alcohol. The party policy is a fluid document that has been updated in 2004, 2006, and 2008, with interaction between the offices of Public Safety, Student Activities, Deans, and students themselves.

Mawrters are proud of their honor code and their ability to govern themselves, so the school’s calm policies are very popular with students. Students are sensible, and when they do take advantage of these policies, things rarely get out of hand. Abiding by the honor code is a must, as it is largely responsible for the freedom that students enjoy, as is respecting any limits that Public Safety does set.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Burning your popcorn, setting off the smoke alarms
  • Downloading music
  • Leaving marks on the dorm walls when you move out
  • Losing your ID card
  • Not returning your library books
  • Parking illegally
  • Streaking through the dorms

Student Polls

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

  • 73% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 24% 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.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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