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3 College Junior

Administration: It's a constant battle with the administration for free speech and more liberal policies on campus.

There's a lot of underage drinking on campus and I know very few people who have gotten violations for it, but it really depends on the RA.

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3 College Junior

Administration: The neighborhood of Georgetown is largely responsible for the strictness with parties/noise violations. Neighbors complain, but lots of things go on with no problem. If you are caught with alcohol underage, you will probably get something like academic probation rather than suspension or expulsion, so it is not exactly as strict as zero-tolerance. Georgetown also has medical amnesty (if you are drunk and call the campus police or our ambulance for help, you will not get in trouble). I think drug policies are more strict. The honor code is taken seriously by both professors and students - just don't cheat and it won't be a problem for you.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: As a Jesuit university, some of the more liberal groups have trouble with free-speech areas, but it's been getting much better that last few years.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: It is all pretty lenient besides the Honor Code. Do not plagiarize or get caught cheating.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Very lenient on drinking policies. Your party will only be broken up if you're outrageously loud, and even then, you'll usually get a warning from an RA before your party is actually broken up.

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Students report that the school’s rules are, in most cases, a bit harsh, though the rules have become more fair and easier to manage in recent years, after the administration recently revisited its alcohol policy. The enforcement of the University rules seems to depend largely on circumstance, and there are no hard and fast guarantees as to who is going to let you get away with what. Many students, for example, report that the campus police are more lenient than many of the RAs. Thus, the general attitude toward discipline on campus seems to be a sort of studied ambivalence, as the authorities seem willing to let you get away with most anything—once.

When you get right down to it, there’s not too much to worry about, unless you’re planning on committing a string of violent felonies—in which case your biggest problem is probably not the University’s decision. Underage drinking violations and noise violations are by far the most issued sanctions on campus. In most cases, it’s going to take quite a gross act of impudence to acquire either one. The Department of Public Safety and the Residence Life staff are well aware that they’re regulating a college environment, so you’ve really got to make a hellacious racket to get in trouble for noisiness. As for alcohol violations, common sense is usually enough to keep you out of trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being indecent in public
  • Drinking underage
  • Having banned appliances in your dorm room
  • Making too much noise

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 80 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 87 responses

  • 37% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 49% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 11% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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