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3 College Senior

Administration: so alcohol in the dorms, if you get caught yea you are gonna get an mip. some of the sa's are more relaxed and chill about it, like if you came back to the dorms intoxicated and they think you are okay and you arent going to die or be a disturbance they might just ignore it. if you are going back to the dorms intoxicated know what times the hall staff (sa's) are doing rounds and who is on duty. some halls sa's tend to be more lenient than others. probably not a smart idea to pre-game in the dorms though. Truman is a "dry campus" which means a "no tolerance policy for alcohol or drugs" and remember "your body is a container" this also means people that are 21 and up the dry campus still applies. also, there always seems to be an unusual amount of mips given out during freshman week so be smart about your choices. attendance, every professor has their own attendance policy- but in all reality just go to class its like maybe four hours out of your day total so just do it, it will be so much more beneficial in the long run, and if you need to talk to your professor at the end of the semester about a borderline grade they are prob going to be more sympathetic to you if they actually know you and know that you put effort in their their class also its going to be hard to get letters of recommendation for grad school internships and jobs from professors who don't know you. if you get caught with weed you're going to get an mip, maybe more. noise violations- there are quiet hours in each of the dorms, some sa's and dorms are more lenient than others, no one really cares about visitation in the dorms. past a certain time you have to swipe your student id to get in to a building and after another time you can only swipe into the building you live in, but people who live in that building can sign you in. PARKING! so parking kinda sucks, but i heard they are building another parking lot so holla! but dont get caught parking in the wrong lot cause you'll get a ticket, trust me.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: We all sign a honor code when we enroll. If you don't follow the rules and get caught, yes, you are in trouble.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The parking people are always tripping. Somehow people get away with smoking in the buildings which is very annoying and dangerous.

4 College Junior

Administration: The campus really isn't to strict about anything. It is a dry campus, and they take that pretty seriously. But honestly, as long as you keep to yourself and don't broadcast the fact that you have alcohol on you/have been drinking, then people are pretty chill about it. The visitation in the dorms is fantastic too. You have to sign someone in as a guest after midnight, and that is absolutely it. There's none of the hassle that other colleges have for dorm visitation.

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4 College Senior

Administration: Being a liberal-arts school Truman is very open about letting their students express themselves. Protests and demonstrations are held pretty regularly for a wide array of events. Students are also given the opportunity to travel between dorms during most of the day and night since many of the students study in groups. Like many schools, Truman is a dry campus, so the use of alcohol or drugs anywhere on campus is forbidden. Noise violations are broken from time to time depending on the student advisers in charge for that year. Finally, while it is very encouraged that you attend all your classes, many professors believe that once someone is in college they can make the decision for themselves whether or not they wish to attend class or do something else with their time.

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At Truman, it's pretty much a matter of getting caught. If you are smart enough not to pass out on the sidewalk or throw empty beer cans into the dorm hallways, then you won't get a citation. There are always horror stories about police doing random searches of campus residences, but that seems to be a Truman urban legend. However, DPS officers definitely search rooms over Christmas break, and even a poster containing drug- or alcohol-related content can get you cited, so be sure to take it home. Punishments often include monetary reimbursement, community service, and letters of apology to your parents and school officials. Also be warned that a new Missouri law enables officers to haul you in for a minor in possession charge simply if you look wasted—no Smirnoff necessary.

Don't try to park without the proper decal in the correct corner of your back window, or you will get a pretty hefty fine. Since there's not much crime in sleepy Kirksville, officers always do their scheduled parking lot rounds. Anything more than five minutes or so in an incorrect parking spot or with an improper decal is sure to result in a $10 bill, which seems to be the standard ticket issued by officers.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Downloading copyrighted material
  • Drinking on campus
  • Letting another student use your ID card
  • Parking illegally
  • Plagiarism
  • Running stop signs or not slowing at crosswalks
  • Smoking marijuana on campus
Visitation Policies
Guests must be approved by roommates, and during designated hours, must be escorted by the resident of that hall community. They also must be registered with the night monitor desk.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 85 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 81 responses

  • 35% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 60% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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