At such a small school, the administration is flexible, and you can talk your way out of most anything (except parking tickets). However, the tight-knit campus also makes students feel very responsible for their actions. At a school where the average class size is 13, you can’t sneak into your history class late or just decide not to show up without facing consequences. Most teachers have a strict attendance policy and don’t allow students to miss more than three classes a semester, and some professors have even been known to call their students when they don’t show up to class.
First-year students sign the Honor Code when they arrive for orientation, promising that they will not lie, cheat, or steal during their four years at Hollins, and the administration takes this promise seriously. Using the Honor Code gives students freedoms like 24-hour computer labs and take-home tests. There is a sense of trust on campus. The administration and Campus Security recognize that Hollins women are competent, responsible adults and treat them accordingly (except with parking tickets), as long as students continue to earn that respect. It’s easy to get away with infractions like drinking underage, violating the guest policy, and harboring forbidden items such as microwaves and candles just because monitoring students in their dorm rooms is difficult. Park in the right lot, and you'll be fine.