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4 College Sophomore

Administration: The alcohol policy is incredible, and I didn't realize it before I got here. Basically, the official policy is that students under 21 can't drink alcohol because it's federally illegal. But students can only get in trouble for drinking if they're walking around with open containers, and even in that case an RA on duty will just ask them to throw it away. The RA's want students to be with other students and form friendships, and let you do whatever you want in your room. The RA's are also great about drunk students and will help students take care of their friends who have had too much, whereas at other schools students can get written up by RA's for being visibly drunk. The alcohol policy is extremely lax, and it creates a nice environment of tolerance and respect.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Great admin. Cares about student body.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Strict in a good way -- limits unnecessary fuss

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Students and the administration seem to get along well.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: In regards to the social life on campus, policies are very "fun-friendly". Generally, school officials including security do not go looking for contraband, unless an issue has arisen. Professors and deans are very approachable and understanding as well. While guidelines and rules are set in place in regards to academics, it is not hard to meet and exceed the standard

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Carleton has several policies regarding drugs and alcohol that can be summed in up in just a few words: behave responsibly, don't send yourself to the hospital, and don't set anything on fire. If you follow those rules, you'll never encounter problems. The school sees RAs as crowd control more than anything else. If you're drinking in the hallway, an RA will tell you to take it in your room. They'll never force you to pour it out, even if you're underage-unless you throw up on their door or set up a distillery in the bathroom. The same goes for pot. RAs ignore the smell unless it becomes a problem for the entire floor. The school expects students to police themselves and believe that this trust will breed responsible, adult-like behavior. For the most part, this theory succeeds.

Carleton is a private college, so that means they can bar Northfield police from campus. This means students don't have to worry about police banging on your door if you're underage. Northfield police must get the college's consent to enter residences. Northfield police usually break up off campus parties at 1 a.m., but very rarely do they ticket underage drinkers if they leave the party without causing a ruckus. Campus parties are also broken up at 1 a.m., and campus security will never give you a ticket unless you moon them or set something on fire-and even then, you'll probably get away with just a warning.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Doing drugs in hallways/outside
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Drinking in hallways/outside
  • Having posters on your ceiling (fire hazards)
  • Having too much e-mail on your server account
  • Making too much noise in the hallway/dorm room
  • Parking illegally
  • Pranks
  • Public indecency (mooning, urinating)
  • Sneaking into the dining halls
  • Streaking+B1530
  • Vandalism

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 40 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 45 responses

  • 53% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 44% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.



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