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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Attendance can be very lenient. If you're in a large lecture, professors don't care if you show up or not. If you're getting the notes from someone else so be it. YOU are held responsible for your progress. If you decided to sleep in every day and skip lecture, that's your choice and something you need to consider for yourself. Going to lecture is a very useful tool for most students, so if you want to succeed and Cornell I highly recommend going to lecture.

If you're in a smaller class like a "discussion section" then attendance is usually mandatory. Skipping these will reflect poorly on your grades.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I never had any problems with Cornell's administration - great in my mind!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Never had a problem with anything so I can't really comment but for the most part things are lenient as long as you're a reasonable person

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration doesn't get in my way...but it could if I had different healthcare...

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The school is not incredibly strict. People can get written up for being caught using drugs or underage drinking. However, sometimes these charges are let go by RA's and non-authoritative figures.

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Over the past few years, the administration has become progressively harsher in regards to campus social activities. More than one fraternity has been closed or fined for underage drinking and other misdemeanors. Part of the incentive for moving freshmen to North Campus was to isolate them from the majority of fraternities and sororities that are located on West Campus. Ithaca police are no kinder, and they will crack down on you for open containers and noise violations.

What it boils down to is using discretion and being smart. Most police officers and resident advisers will look the other way in the face of drunken students returning from parties, but acting overly rowdy and drinking in the dorms themselves will usually result in some sort of penalty. Cornell police are in place to keep things orderly and safe. While this may be an annoyance to students looking to relax, it’s necessary to maintain not only security, but safety as well. This is a major concern for Cornell, and there are services available if a friend is ill from drinking that allow you to get help without risking a huge punishment. Explicit offenses are dealt with accordingly, and consequences are not severe unless you are a repeat offender.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Downloading MP3s
  • Drinking underage
  • Drunk driving
  • Open containers on public property in Collegetown
  • Parking illegally
  • Public urination (if you can't hold it)
  • Streaking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 129 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 138 responses

  • 21% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 69% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 10% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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