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1 College Freshman

Administration: Res Life tries to set all these rules but has no way to uphold them.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I walk into our dining hall with beer as a 19 year old and have a beer with dinner if I want to, any night of the week. It's great and trusting.

3 College Junior

Administration: There is very little strictness in terms of drinking or drug usage in the sense that we don't have campus police, however, there are rules in place to take students to community court to deal with any policy or bylaw breaking that happens fairly regularly.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Best Advice 'Dont Be Stupid and Don't Get Caught' – We're on a mountain in the middle of nowhere. During the week students work very hard so on the weekends, parties are raging. Don't smoke in your dorm, don't drink in front of faculty/staff if you're underage, don't smoke in buildings accept the Happy Valley common room. It's kind of a live and let live situation. Most of the campus drinks and/or smokes weed but the party community has a pretty decent relationship with the chem free social circle.

5 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Make Your Own Decisions – I don't want to make it seem like we're a bunch of hoodlums, but Marlboro will allow you to do what you want. There seems to be the official policy of treating people like adults with the less talked about policy of not getting in people's way. If you're going to make a mistake, it's on your head, the administration doesn't care too much if you're not bothering other people; that is, security guards aren't sent out to find drug users and party-goers. The college is there to provide a place to study and live, not to force you to make the right decisions. If you're forced, how are they decisions?


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If you go on the roof of the Happy Valley Dorm, you'll be fined more than $150. But if you use marijuana, cocaine, or drink alcohol underage, Marlboro will fine you a whopping $5! Marlboro is not very strict about many issues. The College trusts students to follow rules for their own safety, and, for the most part, that works out well. People make pretty good choices on their own regarding drugs and alcohol. Additionally, students work well with the administration.

There is constant dialogue about everything at Marlboro. From vandalism to parties that get out of control, the "higher-ups" and students are always talking. Most of the time, excellent compromises and solutions come out of these open forums. These discussions are usually scheduled outside of Town Meeting but have a similar quality in the way certain issues are debated. Whether you're a freshman, custodian, or the president, everyone seems to have a voice.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being inside a building after it has closed
  • Drinking underage

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 7 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 7 responses

  • 86% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 14% 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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