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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Parking at UC Merced is mediocre at best. Although not as expensive as other schools' parking, there is hardly ever enough space and finding a spot is a hassle unless you have class at 7:30 am.

4 College Junior

Administration: There is enough supervision to keep students from going wild during their transition period from home to college but not too much to where you feel oppressed.

4 College Junior

Administration: The campus policy are all designed around the students safety and success.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I think the strictness on campus is not to bad. Maybe there should be a little more strict on noise level in dorms but other wise okay.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration could do a better job in making sure some of the restrictions on drugs and alcohol are followed well.


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The level of campus strictness at UC Merced is moderate. It is not impossible to get in trouble for violating a policy, but there is some leeway. Inevitably, drug use and underage drinking does occur on campus, with students attempting to carry out such behavior discreetly. However, students can get caught, most likely for using drugs and/or illegal substances, or for underage drinking. The consequences include being kicked out of student housing and even being referred to the Judicial Affairs committee as well as the UCM Police. On the other hand, some fortunate students get away with drinking and drug violations without ever being caught.

UCM also emphasizes a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism and encourages academic honesty, with a clause included in all class syllabi. Teachers use tools such as in an attempt to prevent such behavior. The resident committee also attempts to enforce quiet hours during the later part of the day, with residents complaining to their RAs (resident assistants) about too much noise. However, RAs do not seem to have total control in preventing such behavior; all they can do is to tell the offenders to quiet down, which is why there tends to be more leniency in regards to noise during the normal academic year, as opposed to when it is finals season.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating, plagarizing, or being otherwise academically dishonest
  • Making excessive noise during late/courtesy quiet hours
  • Underage drinking
  • Using drugs or other illegal substances
Visitation Policies
There are no strict visitation policies at UCM. You can have guests over, as long as they're respective of your roommate's space. Ultimately, having guests over is up to you and those you live with.
Did You Know?
  • Violating the alcohol policy (i.e., underage drinking; not storing alcohol in appropriate, private places for those 21 years and older) can result in the removal from housing and contract termination.
  • Quiet hours are in effect from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, during the normal academic year.
  • During finals, quiet hours are in effect 22 hours a day, with 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. being courtesy hours.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 139 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 149 responses

  • 64% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 33% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 3% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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