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4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration mostly leaves the students to their own devices, trusting to the responsibility and integrity outlined in the honor code. Sometimes, certain administrators overstep their bounds, but generally they work with the students to ensure the best experience possible.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: The honor code allows students to have a lot of freedom and responsibility and there is not a lot of interference from administration because the students are trusted and make their own rules.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The honor code shapes much of campus life and is a great thing about Haverford. Not only does it affect academic life but it affects social life as well and makes sure everyone is looking out for one another.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Basically, you can take a great liberty in choosing to drink or smoke but it's better not to flash your beer bottle to a campus safety car that drives by if you're underage--just an unspoken rule. By the Honor Code, we recently established an alcohol and drug policy, such as the prohibition to drink in academic buildings. But since it was passed by the students, I believe many follow that without much enforcement by the administration.

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5 College Junior

Administration: Campus is not strict at all


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The generally laid-back attitude on campus is one of Haverford's strongest suits and is demonstrative of the trusting relationship we enjoy with our administration (most of the time). Haverford's security staff is very lenient. They will only break up a party if there is violence or a neighborhood complaint, and they warn students if the police are coming so that they can disperse before police arrive. This is the product of a wonderful tacit agreement with the Lower Merion and Haverford Township police departments. Security does not concern itself in the slightest with underage drinking. The school has an Alcohol Policy (which is debated and approved by the student body every year) clarifying that Pennsylvania law disallows anyone under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol, but nobody is ever cited for drinking while on campus. This common sense policy keeps alcohol consumption on campus, where security knows what's going on and can intervene if there is a problem. Whenever there is an incident of binge drinking or alcohol poisoning (relatively rare occurrences), the students involved face no penalties for reporting the incident to security and getting the necessary help.

Every once in a while, a party gets out of hand and a neighbor complains. Sometimes the police show up. When this happens, the deans send the student body a reminder about how the College's lassiez faire alcohol policy is a privilege. Usually, after that, things quiet down. The general rules here are self-control and self-respect, which have the end-goal of a safe and wise community.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Breaking the Honor Code
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Drinking in a public place
  • Driving too fast
  • Having candles in your dorm
  • Not bringing ID card to the Dining Center
  • Parking illegally
  • Streaking
  • Vandalism

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 18 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 17 responses

  • 76% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 24% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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