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4 College Junior

Administration: Just be a good person overall and you'll be okay. It may be a dry campus but as long as you're quiet you're fine. Make friends with the RAs!

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3 College Freshman

Administration: If a student gets in trouble they have to present themselves in front of the conduct review board. I think sometimes if the student had no prior record and has good grades they should receive a warning instead.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They're pretty strict, although it really depends what dorm you're in and who your RA's are, based off of what I've seen. I had one incident where I broke the rules but the RA was really cool about it and gave me a second chance without calling CPS, which I appreciated. In general, the CPS officers are nice and respectful to you if you are nice and respectful to them. I don't think they're "out to get" anyone.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I've never had a run in so I'm not sure what to write.

3 College Freshman

Administration: CPA is strict AF at first but then they let you off the hook, somtimes....


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Champlain College is a dry campus and does not tolerate drinking. Drinking in the dorms can be documented on two different levels: personal or "public source." Students get in much more trouble for "public source," which is supplying for a group, especially underage. This even includes having a garbage bag of empty cans laying around. Technically, returning to campus under the influence should also not be tolerated, since the intoxicated person is now a "container of alcohol." They usually let this rule slide, unless the individual is causing a disturbance. Public Safety and resident assistants (RAs) are not lenient, but have your best interests in mind if you need help. That being said, if you're intoxicated and need assistance, they can guide you to resources, as they want you to be safe. Punishment will come later. 

Attendance policies are in place in class. Usually after two absences, grades will plummet. Since classes are so small, teachers will notice that you are missing. If you have to miss a class, contact the teacher ahead of time and make up the work. Besides being a dry campus, rules in the residence hall promote respect for students, faculty, staff, property, and facilities, as well as the surrounding neighborhood. Being in the middle of a residential neighborhood, neighbors will call Public Safety for noise complaints, and if it escalates, they will call the Burlington Police. Other residence hall rules are determined by hall and by each room to avoid mistreating others and roommate conflicts.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking on campus (even 21-and-up drinking is not permitted on Champlain's dry campus)
  • Having a bonfire outside/on the beach (open fires are illegal in the city of Burlington)
  • Having pets in the dorm
  • Making noise during quiet hours (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
  • Parking during restricted hours
  • Setting off fire alarms
  • Skipping class
  • Smoking marijuana
  • Sneaking food out of the dining hall
  • Vandalism/damaging objects
Visitation Policies
Visitors are free to come and go as you (and your roommates) please. There are general rules in place in Residential Life that state that day guests should leave when hall quiet hours begin (11 p.m.) or can stay a max of two nights. This is all dependent on your roommate agreement. It is good for the first few months to not have visitors from home to prevent homesickness; this promotes relationship-building within the residence hall. After that, having your college friends meet your friends from home can be very beneficial.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 49 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 52 responses

  • 21% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 65% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 12% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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