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4 College Senior

Administration: When you get to know the staff and professors, they are wonderful. but there is always the exceptional few people that seem to always be having a bad day. Out of my four years on campus I can only say I had 3 bad experiences with professors (out of 33 classes) and can think of 4 staff members who were just b*tchy all the time. As for policy, so long as you stick to guidelines and aren't a s**t about things, you'll get along just fine. TALK TO STAFF AND FACULTY!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: It's a small campus, so the administration is fairly accessible and understanding because they know a lot of the students really well.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Everything seems to be pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Our policies need a healthy review. Liveable, but they are pretty bad imo

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They're pretty laid back about most things


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Cornell operates primarily on a self-policing basis. Many resident assistants have the attitude that they can’t write you up for what they don’t see you doing. There are rules in place for dealing with infractions when they occur, but for the most part, students are smart enough to keep out of trouble. Campus Safety is much more known for writing parking tickets than busting up parties. Underage drinking is probably the second most common rule violation on campus, behind parking tickets, but it is handled by the RAs and then the residence life staff. Drugs or physical violence are usually the only reasons local police are brought in, and those instances are few and far between.

Cornell’s alcohol policy is designed to promote personal responsibility, and it especially works for upperclassmen on substance-friendly floors where it’s legal to consume alcohol. Open containers in common areas are illegal, as is participating in drinking games. Alcohol is occasionally served on campus, but it has to be preapproved by the administration and coordinated with the dining services. Cornell’s Judicial Board hears cases as necessary regarding violations of college policy and can hand down disciplinary action from a set of established sanctions in any combination it sees fit.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage or in a substance-free building
  • Smoking on campus (it is illegal in Iowa to smoke on any school property)
Visitation Policies
Cornell's visitation policies are pretty lax. Students can host guests of either sex in their dorm room, provided all roommates are in agreement about the visit, including length of stay and any necessary accommodations. There is technically a three-day limit for overnight guests, but there is no real enforcement of this policy, unless a roommate complains.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 51 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 59 responses

  • 24% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 66% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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