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4 College Junior

Administration: The campus is very fair. As long as you arent stumbling around dangerously drunk you usually wont have an issue with P-Safe. Drug use is treated differently and is discouraged especially in the dorms.

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3 College Senior

Administration: You really have to try to get in trouble. Public Safety isn't here to ruin everyone's fun, they're here to keep us safe. So long as you aren't creating a ton of noise or causing any damage, you're generally left to your own devices.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Very possible to engage in vices

3 College Freshman

Administration: Not as strict as they could be.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Bucknell is very reasonable with their limitations. They know that the parties go on, and as long as you're not disruptive or disrespectful, PSafe won't usually bother you.

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Bucknell has a point system to punish students for illegal behavior. Once a certain number of points are amassed, the student will face consequences, and if a student gets 10 points, he is kicked off campus for a semester. In the past, this system has worked well for students and administration. It’s a system that accepts the fact that underage college students are going to drink, so when an underage student is caught with a drink, he might get one or two points. It’s when students drink and drive, drink to the point of passing out, or continue to amass points that they can face suspension or expulsion. Once a student accumulates a certain number of points they are not allowed to participate in certain activities, such as living off campus. Each semester, students who have acquired points are given an opportunity to lose one of their points by attending a drunk driving presentation, so if you are unlucky enough to accumulate points, it is relatively easy to have them reduced over the years.

In general, students feel that Bucknell is too strict when it comes to alcohol. For the most part though, most students will not get caught unless they are stumbling around campus or being loud. When students drink in their dorm rooms they run the risk of being caught by the RA, which is especially true in freshman halls where the RAs are not as lenient. Drug abuse is handed directly over to the Lewisburg Police Department, so the Bucknell administration does not have much to do with that. Bucknell Public Safety and the points system exist at Bucknell to keep students safe. However, the majority of students are adults, and therefore, they should be able to handle themselves as such. The cops are strict and fail to recognize that some drinking occurs at almost every college—they need to lighten up a little!


Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Not moving your car on the specified "street cleaning" day
  • Public urination
  • Stealing food from the Bison
  • Underage drinking
Did You Know?
First years are required to take a course pertaining to the school's drug and alcohol policy to ensure that they understand how the point system works.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 59 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 65 responses

  • 22% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 62% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 14% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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