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3 College Sophomore

Administration: It's such a big campus that a lot of times, students don't really know what is going on with the administration.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: The ASUC (student government) and campus administration makes the campus a safe, positive experience for everyone.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Parking around the school is strict because if your parking meter expires, the Berkeley police is likely to give you a ticket. The campus is very open to people expressing themselves and starting new clubs and organizations. Their policies allow me to be more social and expressive about my beliefs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Pretty average I would say.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: When I have reported acts of anti-Semitic vandalism (such as swastikas) to the police, they have asked me to send them pictures or have accompanied me to the sites of the vandalism, but I feel that they could show more strictness in dealing with this vandalism. Rather than simply wiping the vandalism clean, I feel that they could investigate it and determine who the perpetrators are by using forensics and cameras.

The campus administration could also do more in the way of dealing with sexual harassment in the dorms and punishing the offenders.


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Students have pretty good things to say about campus police and security, citing few incidents of unreasonableness or unjust treatment. But police are police, and blatant misconduct will land you in academic and legal trouble. While living in the dorms, you’ll most likely run into more trouble with your resident advisor than any other campus officer, so it’s important to stay on good terms with him or her. Stealing and cheating are the two most frequent on-campus infringements and are dealt with primarily by campus security, while drug use, theft, and assault are the biggest crimes in the city of Berkeley and are handled by the police. On campus, bike and laptop theft are the most common, and once it’s gone, you’re probably not going to ever see it again.


Berkeley is known for having somewhat lenient law enforcement when it comes to marijuana use, underage drinking, and drinking in public, but there are always the rare cases where police have to crack down, and a first-time offender can get in severe trouble. There are more prominent risks for students—muggings, street violence, etc.—and police don’t spend as much time on the smaller crimes that college students are prone to committing. Students are pretty happy with campus police because most officers understand that they’re dealing with college students and leave room for them to make some mistakes.


Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk at a football game
  • Cheating
  • Drinking in the dorms
  • Having a fake ID
  • J-walking
  • Riding your bike in a pedestrian-only area
  • Sneaking into Strawberry Canyon at night
  • Stealing

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 295 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 317 responses

  • 24% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 70% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.


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