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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The honor code is a big deal at William and Mary--it's strictly adhered to.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration tries its best. Not good with mental health.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Overall this does not really seem too strict a campus, other than Parking Services.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: I would actually say the Administration is well-organized and very (if not too) fair. The biggest problem here is the off-campus Williamsburg Police which is much more strict then the campus run P.D.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They are strict when it comes to matters of safety, legality, honor and academics. If whatever the person is doing is legal, not disrupting others and not out of control they are pretty lenient


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Overall, students tend to agree that the school and the Williamsburg police are fairly intolerant toward underage drinking and indiscretions of that sort. In 2010, the school passed a rule banning any surfaces suitable for drinking games (that includes pretty much any semblance of a pong table in the fraternity units or on-campus housing). Such excessive action is to be expected, considering Williamsburg is a sleepy and somewhat conservative town. Along with the intolerance toward any sort of underage drinking is the strict and traditional adherence to the honor pledge that students are required to take during orientation at the historic Wren Building. The pledge stipulates that students not cheat, lie, or steal. Violations of the pledge are taken before the student-run honor council, and in the case of more serious offenses, taken before the Dean of Students, who is known for being a stickler. 

It's best to take the honor pledge seriously, and to be responsible and appropriate regarding drinking. Police will stop students if they suspect any sort of intoxication, no matter how insignificant. Students at W&M are pegged with a citation and asked to appear before court in such cases of underage drinking, though they usually get off with community service hours. Still, it's best to be smart about alcohol consumption and to stay off the streets when intoxicated. RAs are now exempt from having to visit the sorority and fraternity units, so any underage activity is usually unreported there, but freshman dorms and other on-campus housing have RAs that tend to be on-the-ball about such violations.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk in public
  • Cheating
  • Committing parking violations
  • Having alcohol in the dorm
  • Streaking the Sunken Gardens
Visitation Policies
Guests are expected to abide by all rules and regulations of the College, Residence Life, and individual building's community agreements. The resident is responsible for the behavior of his or her guests, including reimbursing the school for damage to College facilities.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 108 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 114 responses

  • 28% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 61% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 8% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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