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3 College Senior

Administration: Parking staff is very strict

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4 College Junior

Administration: The RA's in the residence halls are really chill. My first RA (who later was replaced by a new RA) was the only "strict" person. There was an incident where people were drinking a little in my dorm room, and word got to my RA so she knocked on my door and once I opened it she barged through and started examining my room (which luckily there was no alcohol in sight), but she reported it anyway trying to get everyone in trouble and she ended up getting kicked out of the residence hall for walking into a room without permission lol.

The other two RA's on my floor were really chill, and never wanted to get anybody in trouble... if there was an issue they would address it with that person face-to-face instead of reporting it to somebody and getting the residents in trouble. The RA's really become your friends and they don't want to see anybody get written up or get kicked out. There is a lot of drinking/smoking in the dorms and most of the RA's are aware of it, but they really just want to make sure the residents are safe above anything else. Most of them understand that freshmen are freshmen and there's going to be some drinking, so that was really cool.

4 College Senior

Administration: They're there. but not very in your face

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus police don't have a noticeable presence

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They're pretty whatever about what goes on unless it may get out of hand.


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Students involved in underage drinking have a pretty high chance of receiving a minor in possession (MIP) ticket. DUI and MIP tickets have expensive fines that affect more than just a student’s wallet. Fake IDs are prevalent among KU students, which, if caught with one, can carry charges. If you’re caught drinking underage, you’ll get an MIP ticket, but if you’re also caught with a fake ID, you’ll get a bigger ticket. On a positive note, if you’re 21 or older, campus strictness is hardly a problem at all. As long as you’re not driving or out of control, no one will bother you if you’re of-age. On occasion, police set up drinking checkpoints on the streets to check for drunk drivers, and the police and the ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) also randomly go inside bars to look for underage drinking. When the police break up a house party, usually they simply tell everybody to head home and do not administer breathalyzers. In comparison to other rowdy campuses, KU police are somewhat reasonable. They seem to understand that “college is college” and just want the students to be safe and responsible when drinking.

In terms of offenses other than drinking, KU police are fairly understanding, but they will bust you if you get out of control. Sometimes, students will do things like pull the fire alarm or steal stuff, just for kicks. Campus police really don’t like to deal with stuff like that, and can be pretty strict about it if they figure out who is to blame. Basically, they are only strict about things that annoy other people or are potentially dangerous.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking in public
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Fighting
  • Pulling the fire alarm in residence halls
  • Underage drinking
  • Violating residence hall policies

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 227 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 228 responses

  • 39% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 57% 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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