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3 College Freshman

Administration: I have not had any run-ins with the administration at my school since I started attending in the fall. They are VERY strict about the honor code. That is the one major thing that I know about their policies. They also have a policy regarding drug and alcohol use that states if there is a medical emergency and someone needs assistance they will not be reprimanded for seeking assistance by the college. It was put in place I believe to make students feel safe to seek help in case something bad occurs involving drugs or alcohol.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: You have to be selling lots of drugs that aren't weed to get in any real trouble

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I haven't had many experiences with the administration, but overall I think they do a good job of responding to student concerns in a measured way.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I think the strictness levels at Oberlin are what they should be. In general rules are fair/lenient.

4 College Freshman

Administration: A lot of times people like to complain about the administration but I think some of it is unwarranted. The administration isn't perfect, but I think they do a better job than a typical college administration would. For the most part, I feel like they care about students and value our opinions.

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Generally, students aren't overly aware of the presence of Safety and Security officers on campus unless they explicitly ask for trouble. Many freshmen and sophomores will tell you stories about mad scrambles to hide beer when Safety and Security came knocking on their door, but that only happens if you're being too loud, or someone in your dorm knows what you're up to and decides to snitch on you. In terms of breaking up off-campus parties, Safety and Security only interferes when parties are out of hand, and neighbors complain. Obviously, if you avoid breaking policies, you won't have a problem with campus security. On the other hand, if you stay quiet and to yourself, you usually won't have any problems either.

The worst run-ins most students have with Safety and Security is if they are caught drinking underage. Oberlin has strict policies about drugs and alcohol, so if you're into any mind-and-spirit-altering substances, steer clear of on-campus events, such as Drag Ball and Safer Sex Night, when Safety and Security officers are on the lookout for mischief. Besides drugs and alcohol, Safety and Security cracks down hard on perpetrators of sexual violence-for obvious reasons. In all situations, keeping things under control is the main key to avoiding confrontations with Safety and Security. And, they are there for you if you need them or have a problem. Their main concern is the safety of the students. This may require them busting you, or busting the person giving you a hard time.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Aggressively protesting
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles and incense in your dorm
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Parking illegally
  • Public indecency
  • Streaking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 44 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 49 responses

  • 31% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 65% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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