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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus is not as a strict as i expected it to be specially because it is an open campus

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I think most of the administration really happens within the residential halls. On campus administration usually works very efficiently and behind the scenes so we do not really hear much about them.

4 College Freshman

Administration: You are independent at Berkeley and are not looked over like a child.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Campus climate here is hardly recognized but it's very important that administration sees how excluded students, especially students of color, feel in this environment and the harms of such toxic people and policies.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Just like any administration, they apply the rules. Sometimes it can be a hassle to get the help you need.

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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 222 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 244 responses

  • 20% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 73% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.


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