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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Do not even try to smoke weed in your dorm- they will call the police (RA's) and not even tell you they are and then when the police come they must be let in and will arrest you- not even a warning. There were guys on my floor freshman year who smoked weed in their dorms and usually would get caught- just don't try it. Alcohol.. you technically cannot drink in dorms it is a dry campus but as long as you're quiet and not being disruptive to neighbors, you can totally pre game in the dorms before going out. I have only been to one frat party that was ever busted by the police but they don't check IDs or ask anything when they come- they just make you leave, so it is really no big deal except you need to find a new place to go.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The problem mainly is that there is no drinking allowed in the dorms, and a few TAs are extremely strict about this and will literally go out of their way to make sure you get punished. It depends on the TA patrolling, but it is rather annoying since there are obviously drunk people roaming the halls and outside, clearly making it seen that we all drink, but they are very strict on this rule. On the other hand, I know they do it because they are liable, so it is really part of their job, it's just frustrating sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It is not too strict but not too lenient, which I like. Many of my friends like it too. It is strict enough to keep students safe and keep the campus as clean as possible of drugs. It is also lenient enough to allow students to make their own choices, be adults, and learn from mistakes.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Respect for enforcement/administration is key.

3 College Junior

Administration: Penn State have policies that affect students positively.

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Campus authority at Penn State can be strict. Pranks, illegal acts in the dorms, and more are taken very seriously, and the University will make an example of students who are caught. While the University police are rarely the source of student complaints, they're not known for being sympathetic. It's best to keep your on-campus nonsense quiet, or else move it downtown.

When it comes to general downtown rowdiness, most of the local police expect it and won't harass each and every drunken college student-they'd never get any sleep if they did. However, if you're caught being especially rowdy and too inebriated for your own good, you will be taken in. Being cited for underage drinking or providing to minors means a hefty fine and a required class about the dangers of alcohol. Although Penn State is a party school, this doesn't mean the students have free license to do whatever they want; the town does take public disturbances and lawbreaking very seriously, and police are constantly on patrol during the weekends and holidays.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Smoking marijuana in the dorms
  • Urinating in public
  • Vandalism

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 509 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 510 responses

  • 36% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 58% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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