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4 College Freshman

Administration: Policies are usually pretty fair. The school trusts students to do the right thing and act for themselves. I honestly have not had many interactions with the administration.

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3 College Senior

Administration: Overall administration is pretty lenient. They can definitely be difficult to work with and there is a lot of bureaucracy and red tape. Some department counselors are actually pretty horrible people. However I have also had some department counselors that are fantastic and really want to help students. I would always recommend going in person when dealing with admin because it makes it much more likely they will help you.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had any trouble with this.

4 College Junior

Administration: Not much trouble, be smart.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: I have never had a problem with the administration either way; too strict or too lenient

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Though UCLA dubs itself a zero-tolerance institution, most Bruins find the authority system to be decently lax. While in Westwood and going between apartment parties, students should be cautious not to stumble or tote the ominous red cup because police (however lenient they may be) are always present. Cops have been known to break up such events as Undie Run, but the attitude toward them is generally one of tolerance, as they surely let students have their fun. And, of course, the UCPD responds quickly and efficiently when called. As far as parties, apartments get as rowdy as they like with hardly any police interference. The newly instated chancellor, however, has worked to institute policies that have severely decreased the intensity of Greek events and increased security at these parties.

Currently, security is relaxed in most dorms. Drinking in the rooms is arguably the No. 1 cause of citations, and punishment really depends on your respective RA's (resident assistant) attitude: some dish out hours of bathroom cleaning, and others inflict no sanctions at all. On most occasions, RAs are students too and respect their fellow Bruins' right to rage. If drinking is concealed and kept quiet in dorms, it's almost impossible to encounter trouble. Visitation policies make it easy to let guests share in the UCLA experience.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Drinking or smoking in the dorms
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles and incense sticks in your dorm
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Not showing your ID when you enter the dorm
  • Parking illegally
  • Running stop signs
  • Skateboarding
  • Stealing food from the dorms
Visitation Policies
In most dorms, visitors must be checked in at the front desk and need to be with their host when entering buildings. In suite-style dorms, there really are no lobbies, so guests may enter as they please, making suites the ideal rooms for avid hosts. Visitation policies at UCLA are quite lenient, and they really do not impede visitors' fun.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 258 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 291 responses

  • 42% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 53% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.


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