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3 College Freshman

Administration: I have had no problems with administration. They tend to be fairly lenient.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't think that campus is very strict! I've heard of a few people getting in trouble for underage drinking, but I think it's a pretty rare experience. They're a little more strict on drugs than they are on drinking.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Never had a problem with administration. For the most part they are simply there to help.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Security is great... very kind & helpful. There are rarely safety concerns even with campus being located in the Twin Cities. As long as you are respectful of how your choices affect your living community, you aren't likely to face punishment for drugs or alcohol.

3 College Senior

Administration: As with most liberal arts colleges, this one cares enough about its reputation to deal with most campus struggles internally. There are rules, and most people follow them. As for those who don't, the consequences are not earth shattering and are generally aligned with the infraction.


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Every floor in each dorm hosts a resident assistant that lives with students and assists them with any needs they may have. Most dorm residents have a happy relationship with their respective RAs, but there are situations that arise when an RA needs to step in and assert his or her power. The three most common reasons RAs might “write up” a student include: noise levels after quiet hours, underage drinking, and drug-related offenses. Often, more than one of these three situations are combined, which makes penalties a little more severe. RAs will need to call security (especially for drug-related offenses), and they make up a sort of good cop/bad cop duo. With that being said, RAs aren’t out to get students or ruin anyone’s fun; they’re students, too, and being an RA serves as their student employment, so they’re obligated to report certain situations to the administration.

Security guards at Macalester are generally friendly, helpful, and willing to assist students whichever way they can. They patrol campus at all hours, so don’t be surprised if you stumble into one of them as you walk through campus at 5 a.m. (walk of shame, anyone?). Happiness in the dorms depends on a matter of respect for the other people living in those close quarters, so for every person that likes partying hard on a Friday night, there are others that need to study in a quiet atmosphere or that are uncomfortable with certain substances. Students that want to have fun and party merely need to be responsible and discreet. Know how to mask that musky smoke, how to keep pingpong ball bouncing to a minimum, and how to turn down the music when you think there might be a reason for an RA to show up knocking at the door. Skating through dorm life unscathed isn’t difficult after mastering the art of the good cover-up.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Breaking in to school buildings after hours
  • Burning candles or incense
  • Drinking underage
  • Harassing other students (including sexual, homophobic, racial, or religious slurs)
  • Jaywalking
  • Publicly urinating
  • Pumping your subwoofers at full volume into the wee hours of the morning
  • Setting off the smoke alarm for reasons other than a fire
  • Smoking pot
  • Spray painting/drawing graffiti
  • Streaking at a widely-attended campus event
Visitation Policies
Students are responsible for their guests who visit the residence halls. Guests must be approved by other roommates, and guests can only stay three nights per semester.
Did You Know?
Underage drinking and drug use in the surrounding neighborhood can get you a night behind bars or in the drunk tank with a sometimes-hefty fine slapped on top. Penalties at Macalester often involve taking an educational online test about substance abuse, writing a paper to the administration about the harm done, and eventual "probation" after too many warnings. If students on probation violate the rules, they do run the risk of getting kicked off campus.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 34 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 40 responses

  • 40% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 50% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 8% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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