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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Generally, I have not had any issues with the campus administration, but I also have not had much experience to comment much.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Nothing really to complain about.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Campus strictness is great in that it keeps people safe and respecting each other, but it never makes people feel scared or like they're being punished.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I have not had much interaction with the Administration.

2 College Senior

Administration: Policies are very unclear about guests and drinking

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On the whole, Duke students are not uproariously raucous or unruly, so the police and University are correspondingly lenient. Although students are occasionally caught doing unlawful things, police aren’t likely to jump out from behind the sofa as you lift that plastic cup for your first guilty sip. One exception is the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE), which is a group of undercover cops that will make arrests for underage drinking at off-campus locations. Just another reminder: when you choose to go off campus, be smart about it.  

East Campus is a dry campus, and RAs will write up students for drinking. Alcohol is permitted on West and Central Campuses, and parties will only get shut down if there is truly insane behavior going on (binge drinking to alcohol poisoning to excessive noise on a weeknight). On the whole, Duke police are entirely reasonable; they're lenient enough to let college students be, while strict enough to keep them safe. One thing the Duke administration is serious and strict about is academic integrity. The Duke Community Standard (the University's version of an honor code) is emphasized regularly, and cheating or plagiarism in any form is not tolerated. 

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating
  • Drinking underage (particularly on East Campus)
  • Parking Illegally
  • Vandalizing school property
Visitation Policies
Students may have guests stay over, but the guests can typically not stay beyond a 72-hour period. Also, the student inviting the guest must get permission from his or her roommate, if applicable. Guests are not allowed to stay over during final examination periods.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 62 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 71 responses

  • 44% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 52% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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