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5 College Freshman

Administration: They understand that we are college kids and they're first priority is to make sure that everyone is OK.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The only problem that I have had is with club creation. They pretend that it is very easy, but it is very hard and the students in charge of approving clubs deny a lot of clubs because they do not want to have to fund them.

5 College Freshman

Administration: It's so easy to get around pittsburgh. It's cold a lot of the time, but the bus system is amazing, and passes are build into your CMU ID. Honestly, there are sometimes 4 or 5 busses waiting at each spot.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is pretty lax, and you only really get in trouble if you do something horrible. The biggest thing I've seen people get in trouble for is cheating, which is a serious violation of the honor code.

3 College Junior

Administration: There's amnesty for alcohol use and things like that. Sexual assaults and really serious crimes like that are more recently being taken more seriously, but things like attendance is on a per-teacher basis and not always taken seriously at all.


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Carnegie Mellon is not very strict when it comes to people using its facilities, as those who don't go to CMU are free to use the library, academic buildings, student center, and workout facilities (although there is a fee) within normal daytime hours. CMU is very strict, however, when it comes to cheating, plagiarism, and illegal downloads. Teachers and teaching assistants are usually responsible for dealing with suspected cheating and plagiarism, although the higher-up deans can get involved. If a student is even suspected of cheating, teachers have been known to assign R's (an F, basically) and extra assignments to punish the student. This doesn't happen often because of how strictly enforced the academic policies are.

CMU makes up for its iron-fist academic strictness with a looser, more accommodating campus police. While CMU students might make fun of campus police from time to time, they really have some of the most flexible policies that still offer students safety from both themselves and others. Campus police really only intervene if a student is caught participating in illegal activity, but they won't go looking for it. For example, students who decide to congregate in dorm rooms with a 30 pack of Natty Light and a cheap bottle of vodka won't be disturbed unless it is extremely obvious that they are drinking, where the RA is required to call the campus police. Usually, if the RA knocks on the door and this is happening, or if people are stupid enough to walk the halls holding alcohol, the RA will simply make them pour it out. On campus, things are pretty lax, but you should start to use caution when going to off-campus parties, as then the Pittsburgh police are the first to respond, and they usually aren't so accommodating.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Bringing food or drinks in a cluster
  • Cheating-big no-no
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles and incense sticks in your dorm room
  • Making too much noise in your dorm room (during quiet hours)
  • Not having a wristband for the gyms
  • Parking illegally
  • Rolling down hallways of buildings
  • Running around on rooftops of buildings
  • Sending unsolicited email (spam)
  • Smoking weed
  • Stealing dishes from Schatz
  • Streaking on the field
Visitation Policies
Most dorms have a desk attendant that controls the entry to the building. Only students who live in that dorm can swipe themselves in, but other CMU students can simply flash their school ID to the attendant to gain access. People who don't have ID cards can only enter if they are with a student who lives in that building. The same goes for the dorms that don't have desk attendants: A visitor will need to be with someone who lives there. Visitors who are staying for an extended time period are usually allowed, but it depends on the agreement between the roommates. RAs are responsible to notify floormates of visitors staying an extended period of time because it is almost like these guests are getting free housing.
Did You Know?
If one of your friends is dangerously drunk and you are scared for his or her safety, campus police offers a service called Amnesty. The EMTs, which are other students, and campus police will come and make sure the friend or friends in trouble are OK, without penalizing either the patient or the caller. This policy really prevents cases of alcohol poisoning because students aren't afraid to call for help.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 109 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 117 responses

  • 49% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 44% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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