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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Everything on campus feels very laid back. Academically, there are small classes so you get to know your professors pretty well. Strictness obviously depends on individual professors, but for the most part they are very understanding if you are up front with them about issues. Socially, strictness is also very laid back. The only times security really steps in are if people are publicly getting sick or serving as a hazard to themselves/others, or if someone in a dorm complains about noise.

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5 College Senior

Administration: Really chill admin. in terms of this stuff, but Security are a bunch of dicks. They hire off-duty Waterville officers, who HATE Colby kids. Leads to a lovely time.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Campus security does a fair job. People will recieve citations if they are obnoxiously drunk in front of security but nothing too major. Most of the legal trouble students get in are from the local police departments that break up off campus parties

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3 College Junior

Administration: Security can be a bit of a joke. They tend to go pretty easy on underage drinking on campus as long as you aren't obvious/a jerk about it. I think they would rather have people drink on campus than off, since then it's the police.

1 College Freshman

Administration: In real life if you are underage and drinking you get in trouble by law enforcement. If you break something, you get fined and arrested. If you're an ass you get punched. Colby doesn't teach you about real life.

Also Hillside is riot-proof. There is a reason for that.

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Colby seems to be getting stricter about drinking and partying. The administrative philosophy on partying is pretty much that students are going to drink and party, so they should make sure no one ends up in the hospital or jail. However, to avoid getting in trouble with the local police, hefty open container fines have added to the strictness of campus security. So, don’t walk around the halls with an open can of beer—you’re basically asking for trouble.

Every dorm has a Community Advisor (CA) whose primary role is to build community within each dorm. They also conduct safety rounds on the weekends to ensure no one has passed out in the bathrooms, and CAs can issue citations and call security if parties get too loud or raucous. Most people know at least one security guard fairly well, which is a good way to avoid getting a citation. Also, security only gets involved in dorm parties if the music is too loud or people are wandering the halls with beers in hand. However, most students learn how to stay out of trouble. It's pretty easy to not get in trouble here, and students with good judgment will be fine. Most agree that Colby students are pretty lucky.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Academic dishonesty
  • Drinking alcohol from an open container in the hallways
  • Having too many people in a dorm room
  • Illegal possession of a Colby table; they are frequently stolen to use as beirut tables
  • Making too much noise during quiet hours
  • Propping doors open
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
The guest policy isn't strict at all. Basically, if you want to have guest stay overnight, you just need the consent of all your roommates.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 45 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 55 responses

  • 31% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 55% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 9% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 5% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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