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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I didn't feel that restricted at GW. Drug use is not tolerated, so if you get caught, you can have some serious consequences. Otherwise, GW is too big to worry about you drinking.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The higher up you go the worse it gets.

5 College Junior

Administration: They have their own Police and they will give you a ride during the night if you are stuck in the library many hours studying. It is amazing I never had this kind of security on- campus before.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration gives students freedom to protest, demonstrate, ect. It's fairly lenient.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Strictness is not consistent on campus. As it often happens, good people get busted after doing something once while other people practically get away with murder. Drugs and alcohol are very present on campus but most people are responsible with it so they don't get in trouble. I think the leniency can be good but not all feel the same way.


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GW’s policies on drugs and alcohol are very strict. University Police officers regularly patrol the dorms and respond to noise complaints. If violators are caught drinking, they pay a fine and attend an alcohol awareness class for the first two violations. The third time, students can be kicked out of on-campus housing. Getting caught drinking the first time or two is not the end of the world—it happens to many students. On the contrary, getting caught using drugs results in getting kicked out of housing and receiving no refund. In an attempt to encourage students to seek help for a peer in need of medical attention, the University offers an alcohol medical amnesty. Under this amnesty, a student who is taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning will not have that incident included on any permanent records. Above all, it is best to be cautious when drinking and leave a party if it is getting too loud. Know that most upperclassman dorms, such as City and New halls, are not patrolled as regularly as Thurston or other freshman dorms.

GW seems twice as strict because of the strong Metropolitan Police presence at off-campus parties and at bars and clubs. If an officer catches an underager drinking or using a fake ID, he/she can expect to spend the night in jail. At most bars and clubs where MPD is not present, those with fake IDs are usually just rejected entry. Students going to parties and bars need to be smart. They should leave if a party is too loud and avoid using fake IDs at bars with a reputation for being strict or having an ID scanner.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Smoking marijuana in the dorms
  • Using a fake ID

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 140 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 147 responses

  • 23% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 59% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 14% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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