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3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had much exposure.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't really heard too much about students getting into trouble. A lot of it is highly variable--some RA's are very strict, while others are very lenient. The same can be said about professors with cheating (especially in large core classes).

3 College Freshman

Administration: CUPD officers don't have the best reputation, but the one interaction I've had with them was totally pleasant. He was very reasonable and kind.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I'm not involved in greek life, so I find no large qualms with campus strictness myself.

3 College Senior

Administration: They listen, every so often. but are SO SLOW in reaction to incidents on campus.Back when we had racist bias incidents they took forever to respond, and now with sexual assault being a clear issue, the administration still has not put out a message.

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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 94 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 104 responses

  • 17% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 69% 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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