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3 College Junior

Administration: For the most part, campus security is made up of reasonable people that genuinely care for students and their well being. There are a few workers however, who seem to enjoy being able to tell students what to do. Especially when breaking up "gatherings," they do not uphold any level of professionalism. They come off angry and disrespectful, arguing with students and making up rules, instead of simply using reason and asking students to leave or disperse. I know multiple students whom have stated they would have had no problem leaving or dispersing quietly, but instead acted equally as disrespectful due to how they were talked to.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The school is pretty good about letting people do what they need to do. Just talk to them and you can work something out.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: For the most part the campus security is just interested in maintaining our safety and not disturbing our social or academic scenes. The administration seems interested in working with students.

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4 College Junior

Administration: The administration has the typical red tape that most institutions have, but at Sarah Lawrence they are much more approachable. You can easily get an appointment with a Dean and they will remember your face and name. The administration is very involved and are quick to address issues within the community. Sarah Lawrence's administration isn't punitive at all and is all about student personal growth.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Sarah Lawrence has a very relaxed attitude in terms of strictness. Alcohol use is the strictest if you are underage, but if you are of age, you won't be bothered. Sarah Lawrence is in a quiet neighborhood so, it is often that many parties get broken up by the school cops because of noise complaints. The security attitude towards drugs is lenient. It is a very hippy school and part of the culture, but if you are making too much noise or being a general nuisance, they will ticket you. Lastly, in regards to visitors in your dorm. the official policy is that they have to register with the main office and can only stay for 5 days. I have a friend who stayed for a month with me with no problems, and the only time i had to go to the office was to register them as a guest to get them a guest pass for a school event. Its all bark and no bite with the visitor policy.

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Above all other things, students get busted for liquor violations such as underage drinking, supplying drinks to underage students, and having open containers filled with alcohol in public. Because of a sudden increase in students taking late-night trips to Lawrence Hospital for alcohol poisoning, the College has upped the security presence at big events. This irks some students, but most agree that the increase in campus strictness is not without just cause. For whatever reason, kids are being more reckless with drugs and alcohol than they used to be, and the College has been forced to respond aggressively.

Of course, if it’s late at night and you and your buddies want to avoid attention from security, then chances are you’ll be OK as long as you’re not careless. Keep the volume down and stay on good terms with your neighbors. There is a tradition of noisy, overly-crowded house parties getting shut down by security, but the College is determined to keep the campus safe and the students protected; the cost of that may be the sporadic loss of a good time.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too noisy in quiet areas
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles and incense in dormitories
  • Parking illegally
  • Smoking indoors or in other restricted areas
  • Stealing from The Pub
  • Supplying alcohol to underage drinkers
Visitation Policies
Students are required to obtain passes for their guests from the Westlands Desk, even if the guests aren't staying overnight. Guests must carry their passes at all times. Students who fail to get a pass can face disciplinary action.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 41 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

  • 24% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 67% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 8% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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