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Administration: No problem with them at all.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It is how you would expect it just not too crazy. They only get strict when it is needed.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I never felt that student safety was a priority. Often at night security guards that should've been strolling the campus and parking lots were hanging out in their cars for hours.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I think University of Louisville does a good job making sure students social lives are safe and that they do their best academically.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: It depends on the person

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Campus policies are generally enforced, especially in the dorms, but most punishments are not severe. For example, noise violations won’t get you in much trouble, and even after a couple warnings, the worst that might happen is you may have to write an essay on the importance of respecting your neighbors’ right to peace and quiet. However, drug use or possession will get you kicked out of the dorm immediately—and they check often. Alcohol is taken less seriously, but you will get a citation if you have it in the traditional dorms—two of these will land you in housing court, which could result in probation, and three will get you kicked out of school. However, other than in the dorms, campus isn’t terribly strict. The University police officers are there to keep students safe more than to keep them in line—they have enough work trying to keep down crime, so they tolerate parties as long as they don’t get too out of hand. The strongest punishment you'll see from a University police officer is probably a parking ticket.

In general, most of the rule-breaking on campus involves minor violations, so the punishments handed down aren't that severe. Of course, if you do something really out of hand, you can expect some pretty harsh consequences. For example, after the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, a U of L student called in a hoax bomb threat and was arrested by the FBI. He was immediately expelled from the University and sentenced to six months of home incarceration and 160 hours of community service. However, that’s an extreme case, and most students on campus will never even have to speak with a University police officer, unless they just want to be friendly and say hi.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Blasting loud music in the parking lot.
  • Drinking underage.
  • Making too much noise in your dorm room.
  • Parking without a permit.
  • Sleeping over at someone's dorm so often it's considered co-habitation.
Visitation Policies
Visitation policies vary by dorm. Mixed dorms with freshmen and upperclassmen, such as the honors dorm, have unlimited visitation, as long as no one "sleeps over." In freshmen-only residence halls, visitation is allowed from noon to midnight on weekdays and noon to 2 a.m. on weekends.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 169 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 192 responses

  • 43% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 51% 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.
  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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