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4 College Senior

Administration: The public safety officers use an effective amount of strictness to ensure the safety of all students. The parking policies could be less strict, however.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: There are not major problems with pub safe or RAs unless you are taking things too far. Only on a few occasions would I say that pub safe was being ridiculous with rule enforcement.

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2 College Sophomore

Administration: Public safety is typically incompetent if you need anything, and they will break up parties.

1 College Freshman

Administration: Public safety says they are there to help you if you're in need of assistance, but really they don't give a sh*t and will get you in trouble for anything you do that is in the slightest bit wrong.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They enforce what they have to and ignore what is not a big deal.


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Some students find Public Safety’s enforcement of rules oppressive, while others find them extremely lax. It seems pretty safe to say that as long as you don’t openly break the rules, you won’t run into trouble. On campus, students under 21 are prohibited from having alcohol in their rooms, while students over 21 can have a case of beer or one half-gallon of liquor per person. The former rule is more enforced than the latter. However, as long as alcohol is kept responsibly—i.e., not displayed prominently or not part of loud and crazy goings on—you generally won’t be harassed for having it in your room underage. Alcohol violations are generally dealt with by ResLife, and punishments range from attending an alcohol-awareness program to performing community service to losing campus housing, depending on the nature of the offense and the student’s past record.

Off campus, the Worcester Police Department is responsible for patrolling, which they do inconsistently. A loud and obnoxious party might be ignored one night, but the next night, a small and quiet gathering might be raided. The police have been known to arrest students on charges of disturbing the peace or possessing an open container outdoors. Mass arrests have also occurred—the police show up and arrest all attendees at a party. This has resulted in not only a less-boisterous party scene but also strained relations between the city and the College.


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Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 47 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 47 responses

  • 30% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 57% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 13% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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