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4 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration is generally very good. They are strict about things that could actually affect the campus. They have probably been a little more strict than is necessary on Greek life lately, but in general they are very good.

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2 College Freshman

Administration: Recently, a lot of changes have been made that seriously impacted students' social lives. While we understand some of the motivation behind these changes, the student body generally agrees that the changes were not the best ways to handle the situations that prompted them.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: You can get away with pretty much any normal college student behavior. In terms of academic policies, there's been a crackdown on cheating since the college has discovered a lot of Honor Code violations recently. However, it's definitely not unreasonable strictness.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Sometimes the RA's unnecessarily transport residents who don't need to be transported.

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3 College Student

Administration: The policies and enforcement are fairly lenient which allows freedom but also a lot of partying in the freshmen dorms.


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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 98 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 120 responses

  • 38% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 59% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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