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4 College Freshman

Administration: It is just lenient enough but they do reinforce what is very important for our health and safety.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The parking is bad, especially in the winter with all the snow. you may not see the parking lines and if you park in a space that it is not a designated spot you will get a ticket for about as much as you pay for a parking pass for the entire year. Alot of my professors don't allow more than 3 absences before you fail, which i think is ridiculous.

3 College Junior

Administration: Our campus is not that strict. There are certain things that they are strict about such as; underage drinking, drinking in general, visitation as well but I don't think its ridiculously strict. I think its okay.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The police officers do their job and respect you if you respect them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Whoever's in charge of parking at this school must hate people, because they're really strict. People are given tickets all the time, often for stupid reasons. When students have to move their cars in order for parking lots to get shoveled out due to snow, we barely have enough time to move them before we get yelled at for having a resident parking permit in a commuter or faculty parking lot.

Also, faculty take up spaces in student lots ALL THE TIME. That alone is probably the biggest complaint students here have about the parking situation.


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Nobody wants to get you into trouble. It's all about common sense at Fitchburg State. If you shouldn't be doing something at home, chances are you shouldn't do it at college. We are all adults, and that is how we are treated on campus. Campus Police will only interfere if you are doing something that is harmful to you or those around you. If you are underage and drinking dangerously, they will take you back to headquarters. They have all the same rights that the police in your hometown have, so they can call your parents, arrest you, etc. They will come into the dorms if there is a disturbance that the RAs or BD cannot handle on their own.

For the most, part professors allow three unexcused absences before your grade starts to be affected. An excused absence must come with a note from the doctor, your family, or the hospital with the appropriate date(s). Most departments set their own attendance policies for on-campus jobs, work study, trust fund, etc. The RA staff doesn't want to get you into trouble or write you up. Seriously, it just means more work for them. However, if you are disturbing those around you, potentially doing something that could put you and/or those around you in harm's way, or doing anything else that is causing a commotion, they will come speak to you. The first offense may just be a warning, but depending on how severe the incident is, you may be written up. If this continues, higher administration will step in, and you could potentially lose housing privledges. You may sign two people into the residential halls at a time, but you are no in charge of those vistors. If they break the rules, you will get into trouble, too.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too loud late at night
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Plagiarizing
  • Underage drinking
  • Using drugs
  • Vandalizing
  • Violating parking regulations
Visitation Policies
You must have photo identification on you when you check into the dorms. The desk workers are there between 3 p.m. and 9 a.m. You are allowed to sign in two people at a time, and you must check in and out each time you leave the building. If you are under the age of 16, you must have parental consent via a written note at the time of sign in.
If you sign someone into your residential hall, you are responsible for them until they sign out/leave. If something happens while they are in the building or they are involved, you will also get into trouble whether you were involved or not.

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 51 responses

  • 35% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 55% 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.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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