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4 College Freshman

Administration: Somewhat strict, but overall the administration is very fair.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Haven't seen any issues myself but seems to be not a problem

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is very helpful here. There is always somebody to lend an ear or be of any support.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: We have order and discipline

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Every rule and regulation is in place not to punish students if they get caught, but to make sure they're safe despite their decisions.

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Other than freshmen, Harvard students have few worries about campus strictness. University police are present to protect the safety of students, not detain or punish every underage drinker or noisy reveler. Most students feel free from punishment because almost all students are given at least one warning before any official disciplinary actions are taken.

For those unfortunate students who frequently abuse school policy, punishments can range from probation to expulsion. However, many students realize that the University is reluctant to expel a student and often grants them readmission after a certain amount of time. While Harvard may be a bit lax, don’t find a false sense of security; Cambridge and Boston police are strict and will act upon any case of underage drinking. Students should just keep in mind that with independence comes responsibility, and that frequent abuse of the rules does not come without punishment at Harvard.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage in your dorm room
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Parking illegally
  • Public urination or indecency
  • Smoking marijuana

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 65 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 68 responses

  • 62% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 35% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 1% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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