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4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is very relaxed regarding drugs and alcohol

3 College Junior

Administration: The administration is flawed but is working on addressing weaknesses.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: School is not very strict--self gov.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Everything about our campus life and school policy revolves around Self-Governance. It is the first thing we learn at orientation, and it is truly part of everyday life on campus. If you are acting with respect for yourself and others, you won't encounter problems.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Self-gov basically means students are accountable for their actions and the school feels like it can trust us to act like adults and make informed - if not always perfect or ideal - decisions. It means you, and not anyone else, certainly not the school, is responsible for your actions, and you will either reap the benefits or face the consequences. The school expects not to have to babysit you, and accordingly rules are few and somewhat vague where they exist to allow for interpretation, but they do a good job of educating you on the topics on which most schools spend whole handbooks of rules - alcohol, harassment, drugs, safe sex. With these kinds of topics they are pretty strict, but they aren't seeking out to ruin your party or anything like that.


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Thanks to Grinnell’s policy of self-governance, campus strictness is quite possibly among the most lenient of any college in the country. The concept is that students are responsible for monitoring their own behavior and that of their fellow students. If you turn your music up too loud at 1 a.m. on a school night and you hear a knock on the door, you’re more likely to find your neighbor than a security guard. Self-governance was founded on the principle that only behavior that endangers other students is worthy of intervention by any outside force, and students and faculty alike adhere to this.

Unfortunately, this policy may not be around forever. Occasionally, there are suggestions to have the policy made official in order to save it from being eliminated. So far, though, no one has taken much action. Another factor that contributes to the reigning benevolent anarchy on campus is the fact that rather than paid resident advisers, Grinnell has volunteer student advisers living on each floor. Since the SAs aren’t paid, they don’t feel overly obligated to report every unlawful incident that happens on their floor. In fact, SAs often drink and smoke right along with their first-years.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Doing something really, unequivocally dumb and dangerous
  • Exceeding the time in a 24-hour parking zone
  • Smoking marijuana in a highly visible public place

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 30 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 32 responses

  • 56% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 41% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 3% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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