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3 College Freshman

Administration: It is difficult to have an event in the dorms without registering it.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The school is selectively strict on aspects that roll in money, especially parking.

3 College Senior

Administration: i've personally never had any problem besides with having male guest over. I was told that i must walk them up and down the stairs so that other students don't feel uncomfortable which is ridiculous if my guest needs to run to the car to pick up a toothbrush...

other than that for me no issues, but I've heard some horror stories from other students

4 College Freshman

Administration: Mount Holyoke is a very understanding community.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Mount Holyoke is very supportive of student protests/demonstrations.

Underage drinking/drug use is not supported and possession is punishable, but it's not really enforced. For example, if you get caught in possession of alcohol and you're underage you will obviously be punished, but no one ever checks your room to see if you have any, and campus police don't show up patrolling dorm parties on weekends unless someone calls in a complaint.

Visitors are allowed to stay in dorms but there are certain rules for safety reasons, for example they can only stay for a certain amount of time, and they have to be accompanied by the student who is hosting them when they are walking around inside the dorm.


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There isn’t much consensus on just what exactly Public Safety busts people for. Sure, there are the Public Safety logs, published faithfully every week in the Mount Holyoke News, the student-run newspaper, but those are filled mostly with accounts of suspicious males being escorted off campus, intoxicated or ill students being transported to the Health Center, and the occasional group of students who light a box on fire and then leave the area. Mount Holyoke does have a drug and alcohol policy, but few students take the time to read it, and many violations go unnoticed by Public Safety. If your party is too loud or otherwise attracts attention, you might get busted for underage drinking if they come to break it up, but otherwise, it’s easy not to get caught.

However, don’t take this as a sign that MHC Public Safety is lax. This is generally a dry campus. Alcohol is not a particularly visible feature of campus life—students who do drink tend to do so discreetly—and there are many who don’t drink at all. Parking tickets are, on the other hand, common. It’s pretty easy to get one, even if you thought you were going to get away with leaving your car parked in the no-parking zone in front of your dorm for five minutes while you ran in to grab something. While most of what Public Safety cites students for is pretty minor, it’s good to know they’re around should they really be needed.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Harassing another student via e-mail or phone
  • Having candles or other prohibited items in your room
  • Holding a party that's too loud or too wild
  • Parking in the wrong place
  • Stealing
  • Underage or excessive drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 56 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 65 responses

  • 63% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 31% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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