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4 College Junior

Administration: Don't be dumb and you'll be fine

3 College Freshman

Administration: Every college has problems with administration so it's no surprise that the student body doesn't care for them much, however we have not had any severe problems that lead to protests.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration is not overbearing. As long as you aren't being stupid, they will pretty much leave you alone.

4 College Senior

Administration: The "zero-tolerance" drug policy is a sticking point for most students, even the ones who don't do drugs, because being caught with any classified substance (whether on campus by public safety or at home by police) = an automatic suspension or even expulsion. And students who are permitted back on campus and commit a second offense are often simply turned over to the police. Attendance records are well-maintained and you can face penalties for missing class/suspension if you miss a LOT of class. Academic dishonesty will earn you a suspension.

Other than that, Centre's pretty happy to let you make your own choices. If you're underage, put your drink in a solo cup and don't be belligerent; if you're hosting a party, keep the noise at a respectful volume; if you want to stay overnight in somebody else's room, use the appropriately gendered bathroom in the morning and be considerate of the roommate. Many students drink, party and cohabit (even for semesters or years) without getting in trouble. And even if you get caught, the fines aren't absurd. I think Centre just wants us to learn about choices and consequences, which is not such a bad thing.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: DPS ( Department of Public Saftey) handles all campus related safety issues - eliminating local PD which creates a vacuum within campus and helps students avoid public records for silly mistakes - keeping safety issues internal within the college community. OC - the college has an open container policy prohibiting students from having the aforementioned OC's on campus --- However, they are very lenient when it comes to campus drinking - you will be completely unharrsed by simply placing beverages in the infamous "red solo cup". While the college maintains a very strict drug policy on the books - an intelligent student body keeps these sorts of activities "under the radar". the result - DPS is unlikely to search students person or property/living facilities, creating another vacuum for students to experiment subtly.


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The strictness at Centre is centered around a policy of fairness. The idea tends to be that students are young adults and free to make their own choices, as long as they fall within College policy. There is a definite sense of adult presence that monitors the campus, even the parties. This is more of a reassuring presence than an authority figure monitoring your activities. Mainly, DPS's role is to keep people from doing stupid things, like kicking down lampposts or starting fights. This lax attitude really only extends to alcohol, however, and things like drug abuse or vandalism are not tolerated. The emphasis is on safety and security, rather than on harassing students with fines.

Students know the DPS officers by name and vice versa, demonstrating the close relationships between the students and administration. On individual halls or buildings, the RAs are in charge of policing the dorms and enforcing regulations. This is a plus for students, because being caught by a peer instead of an authority figure just works out better sometimes. The RAs tend to be more lax about the regulations, i.e. having an alcoholic beverage in an original container, versus in a Solo cup, will get you a quick $25 fine from a DPS officer, while your RA will probably let it slide. The RAs are well trained by the Student Life Office, and selection for the RA position is very competitive, but the students chosen tend to be regular kids with good social skills whose main concern is often safety, not issuing fines.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles or incense in your dorm room
  • Making too much noise in your dorm room
  • Open container
  • Parking illegally
  • Public intoxication
  • Public urination or indecency
  • Running the Flame (Circling the Flame statue in the nude)

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 27 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 31 responses

  • 42% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 52% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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