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4 College Sophomore

Administration: They're pretty strict on what they should be and lenient on what they shouldn't. They're just trying to do their jobs and keep people safe. I think they do a good job of using common sense on what they can control and what is going to happen on a college campus.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Overall pretty great! They could use more surveillance with underage drinking and smoking on campus. I feel pretty safe overall on campus!

3 College Freshman

Administration: I have had many friend get a way with a lot of things that are "impossible" to get by the RA and building staff. But I have also heard of people getting into a lot of trouble for similar things.

3 College Freshman

Administration: About the strictest policy I have seen enforced is the required parking permit, unfortunately for me.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Being a stickler for rules, I appreciate the stricter approach. However if you are a partier, drinker, or smoker, forget it.

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Though students often disagree about the strictness of University regulations, there is no denying that you can and will get arrested if you're causing a disturbance or are heavily under the influence of an illegal substance. Most cops and University police will issue warnings before an actual arrest, but don't take this for lenience. If any type of law enforcement officer gives you a warning, consider yourself lucky and change your ways. Given OSU's past history of misconduct and rioting, it's understandable that security will come down hard on anyone they believe to be a threat to public safety.

The residence halls strictly regulate access-after 9 p.m., you cannot get into any hall other than your own (or any hall at all, if you live off campus). RAs will generally let you do your own thing, though, provided you're not disturbing anyone else. The best thing to keep in mind is courtesy to those around you; even if you don't have an 8 a.m. class, the girl living below you might. Excessive noise is one of the easiest ways to get caught breaking the rules by an RA, and you can actually be evicted for too many violations. While University police are relatively lax, it's not wise to push the boundaries. Officers will hesitate to arrest an underage student who has had one or two alcoholic beverages, since they would be setting a difficult standard to follow; if you're causing a public disturbance, however, they won't waste any time singling you out. Strictness is nothing to worry about at OSU, provided you keep your partying to a reasonable level.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Illegal parking
  • Indecent exposure
  • Lighting candles in your room
  • Not respecting "courtesy hours"
  • Playing music too loud
  • Public intoxication
  • Public urination
  • Underage drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 277 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 298 responses

  • 38% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 58% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 3% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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