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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The camps strictness it's average. They are very strict with the use of alcohol and drugs, if any underage students it's seen drink he or she will face big consequences.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It;s pretty average compared to other schools

1 College Junior

Administration: More concerned about construction than students being able to study and go to class in peace.

3 College Junior

Administration: The only complaint I really have is about the lack of the Parking Committee to try and get us more space. We don't have a "Walking Problem" as the Dean likes to say. I would gladly park all the way on Route 32 and walk to Old Library if I didn't have to drag a backpack filled with textbooks & my laptop, an art box full of supplies, and a portfolio that is bigger than I am alllllll the way across campus for 12 HOURS. I'm a commuter and work 2 jobs so I have to cram all my classes into 2 days a week, and have no choice but to carry all my stuff because I don't dorm.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Did you know SUNY New Paltz had the most rug arrests of any college in the ENTIRE COUNTRY in 2013. New Paltz, unlike every other SUNY school only allows 2 strikes, not 3, for drug use on campus. The UPD would rather harass non-violent marijuana users than keep the peace. I'm spreading the word however I can, pot should be legalized 100%. UPD is usually rude and non-effective. Plus they don't obey traffic laws like stop signs, signaling, and speeding. Whatever.


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As a state university, New Paltz has to be a bit stricter than proximate private schools when it comes to drug policy (we're looking at you, Vassar and Bard...). The administration recently adopted a two-strike approach to dealing with marijuana on campus. If you are caught once in possession of marijuana, you have to meet with the dean and are put on probation. But the second time you're caught, that's it—you are expelled for good. This "No Second Chance Policy," as it's called, has been met with some opposition. The Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) organization is active on the New Paltz campus, holding weekly meetings in the Student Union Building. While the NP administration may be strict on weed, it's relatively lax when it comes to alcohol. Students 21-and-up can have alcohol in their rooms or suites. If a minor is caught drinking, the beverage is usually just confiscated, and the kid is given a warning. Second- and third-time offenses can lead to being kicked out of the dorms and, sometimes, suspension.

Campus police are ubiquitous, which is great for campus safety but not so great for students behaving badly. Think twice before deciding to smoke pot on the quad or stumbling across campus sipping Jack Daniels because you will end up with a court summons. Luckily, off-campus housing provides a respite from the scrutiny of campus police and the NP administration, so most partying happens there.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Having too many people in your room after 11 p.m.
  • Making too much noise in your dorm room
  • Smoking
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
Guests can stay over no more than two consecutive nights.
Did You Know?
Guests are allowed to spend the night as long as the host gets permission from his or her roommates.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 116 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 124 responses

  • 23% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 59% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 10% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 7% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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