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4 College Sophomore

Administration: They are great. I feel that they are very fair, understand that we are college kids, and create an awesome on campus atmosphere.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Strictness depends on the thing that you're doing, but MIT generally would rather help you than hurt you, especially if the problem has to do with excessive drug or alcohol use. Dorm security has tightened lately so that's become a bit more strict and a bit of a nuisance as well.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: They give the students a lot of freedom

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Thankfully I haven't had to have any run in with them

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5 College Freshman

Administration: As soon as you are a student here you are treated as an adult. This allows a ton of freedom, and the GRT's (MIT's version of RA's) are generally very laid back and are not looking to get you in trouble in any way. There is also a good neighbor policy transport system where you can call an alcohol transport if you fear for you or your friends safety and you will not get in any trouble (though you will most likely have to attend and alcohol edu class or something of the sort. On the other hand because you are treated like an adult you are expected to act like one for the most part, and multiple offenses can result in serious trouble.

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Any discussion of campus strictness at MIT has to include the fact that a freshman died in an alcohol-related incidentmore than 10 years ago. In the wake of this event, the MIT administration has made many changes in policies regarding freshmen, housing, and alcohol. As a result, penalties and punishments for alcohol- and drug-related infractions can be harsh. But the MIT administration generally doesn’t punish individuals; in general, the school will try to punish the living group where the student was drinking or taking the drugs. Punishments can be anything from prohibiting alcohol at the house to losing the actual housing license. Therefore, living groups, especially fraternities, tend to be as careful as possible.

These punishments only apply if you get caught, and most individuals are not. As for parties, campus police are most likely to respond to complaints about noise. (Parties are required to end at 1 a.m. in Cambridge.) The campus police can be strict or not, depending on the living group. If you’re an underage student consuming alcohol, just avoid the CPs, and you’ll be left alone. Definitely be cautious at parties, though, and practice common sense at all times.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too loud (noise violations)
  • Various alcohol-related offenses

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 59 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 61 responses

  • 56% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 44% 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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