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4 College Sophomore

Administration: They are focused on our safety along with our happiness.

2 College Junior

Administration: Parking is the worst part of it. Students pay $306 to park per year and no where to park due to the over-sale of passes

3 College Freshman

Administration: I never really had any problems.

1 College Sophomore

Administration: They are strict about things they will get paid for (ex. parking)

3 College Sophomore

Administration: One thing that upsets me is how strict they are about parking yet they dont offer enough spots for people who need spaces.


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The campus is often strict in a stupid, Orwellian sort of way. The police dole out parking tickets like they aren’t really police, but simply meter maids, and faculty and staff have some type of third eye for delinquent behaviour. Old Dominion University’s Honor Code policy is also omnipresent—professors often require students to write the entire code (or at least the last few words) at the top of their papers and then sign it. If a student is even alleged to have cheated on a test, they are brought up on charges in ODU’s Honor Court, and they face possible expulsion or enrollment suspension. Campus faculty are strict on things like this to uphold the integrity of the students within the school—however, campus police, off and on campus, are way too involved in maintaining secure environments, like on 42nd Street.

42nd street is ODU’s party street, and no matter what the situation, police cars patrol up and down the streets, calling students out even if they are just walking in a large group. It’s almost as if beyond 42nd Street there are no cops—it’s like a ‘the world is flat’ sort of thing.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk in public
  • Blocking the sidewalks or parking in a no parking zone
  • Climbing atop the lion in front of Webb
  • Cooking in dorms
  • Drug use
  • Music piracy
  • Public urination
  • Speeding/reckless driving
  • Underage drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 276 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 297 responses

  • 34% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 53% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 11% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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