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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Depending on what you do, the punishments vary. I will say that sometimes charges are unfairly handed out to people, like in the case of my 2 friends. The administration tends to sometimes lean towards the females' claims in the cases of male vs. female complaints.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It's alright. The administration have some nice people. Sometimes they gave me a headache so that's why I don't talk to them not much.

5 College Freshman

Administration: If your caught you have to write an essay, if you get caught multiple times you have live off campus for a year.

3 College Junior

Administration: The parking is a bit much. The prices are really high and you get ticketed really easily

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The policies keep the students in check.


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Overall, students tend to agree that the school and the campus police are fairly intolerant toward underage drinking, weed, and honor code violations. The honor code at Mary Washington is taken very seriously. Not only do the teachers enforce it by reporting any visible cheating, but even the student body has been known to rat kids out. The punishment can be as unfortunate as academic probation to as serious as getting expelled. And, yes, this could stem from something as simple as getting caught for writing the Arrhenius equation on your arm before a chemistry exam.

When it comes to weed and alcohol, Mary Washington's policies are found to be pretty strict but are not impossible to get around. Students drink in dorms frequently, but they keep noise and anything that would cause suspicion to a minimum. The drinking policies aren't particularly strict, but parties around campus do frequently get busted, and recently police have taken the extra step of enforcing breathalyzers. The one-strike policy for weed has just recently been lifted, but take it with a grain of salt. Weed is still taken very seriously at the University and can get you in a lot of trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk in public
  • Drinking in dorms
  • Parking illegally
  • Smoking weed
  • Violating noise codes
  • Violating the honor code
Visitation Policies
Technically, freshmen are not allowed to have people from outside the University stay overnight for the first semester, but it is not strictly enforced.
Did You Know?
The University just recently got rid of its one-strike policy in the fall of 2011.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 68 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 72 responses

  • 47% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 40% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 7% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.


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