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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Some tolerable bureaucracy, otherwise it's OK.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: It's very lenient and understanding but strict where necessary like the honor code.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Most people don't have run-ins with admin over drug use or underage drinking.

Bike tickets get given out a lot, however

5 College Senior

Administration: The administration is very lenient about drinking. Basically, they assume that a lot of underage students are going to drink in college no matter what, so they have an open-door policy. That means that if you and your friends are going to drink, leave your door open so the RA can walk by once in a while and make sure that everyone is okay and drinking responsibly. However, drinking in common areas of dorms is not allowed (drinking in common areas of houses, which are upper-classmen only, is allowed). Enforcement varies depending on where you live. In freshmen dorms, the RAs tend to watch you more closely and make sure you're being safe. In houses where residents are mostly juniors and seniors, you have more autonomy, because you're expected to be older and wiser by then, and able to self-regulate your drinking. This policy seems to work pretty well, because there are not a lot of alcohol-related problems on campus. The administration is pretty lenient about drug use as well, as long as students aren't clearly using drugs in public places. Stanford has a similar trust-the-student policy when it comes to the academic honor code. Students sign the code saying they won't cheat, and professors are not allowed to be in the room during tests, because they're supposed to trust that students won't cheat. Students are also honor-code bound to report any cheating they see. I haven't seen any cheating in my 3.5 years here. The real law-enforcement bane to students is bike ticketing. Lots of students get tickets from police officers for not stopping at stop signs while riding their bike, or for not using a bike light at night.

4 College Senior

Administration: Stanford is very lenient overall. They try to not police around to much or create too much of an authority presence.

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In recent years, Stanford has grown stricter with alcohol consequences and punishments; however, for the most part, the school is pretty laid-back when it comes to these matters. The RAs and residential fellows (Stanford faculty and staff that live next to the dormitories) are aware of alcohol usage in the dorms. As long as you don't drink in common areas inside the dorms and keep your room door closed when drinking, you will be fine. The Stanford Police generally do not stop you on the street if you have cups in your hand. However, do not get caught drunk on your bike; the Stanford Police are known to give tickets if students seem intoxicated while biking.  

Stanford holds its honor code to the highest standard. If you are accused of breaking the honor code in any way, you will meet with the Office of Judicial Affairs to decide whether you are guilty, as well as what the consequences will be if you are. In general, Stanford is very laid-back about rules and regulations, except for the honor code. Breaking the honor code is very serious and can lead to leaving the University.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Biking drunk
  • Biking with an unregistered bike
  • Biking without a headlight
  • Breaking the honor code
  • Parking illegally
Visitation Policies
Stanford encourages visitors, and there is no official policy for their length of stay. Invite your family members and friends to come and see your college life. You are granted five guest meals per quarter for the dining halls, too. Make sure you also tell your roommate in advance if someone is coming to visit and staying in your room; you don't want to surprise them with that news.
Did You Know?
Stanford is a very relaxed environment, but you need to remember that the rest of the world is not. Sometimes students leave campus and forget that certain rules (i.e., alcohol rules) apply in the real world. Be careful!

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 75 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 98 responses

  • 36% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 61% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 1% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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