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3 College Sophomore

Administration: UMBC is pretty lenient with most things, and if you don't cause too much trouble, you will be totally fine.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The school isn't too strict about a lot of things, with the exception of the honor code and parking. The honor code is because we see ourselves as an honors university, so each student is held up to a very high standard of integrity. The parking is because the space for parking is very limited, and the school mainly comprises of commuting students.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Sometimes too strict or too lenient

3 College Sophomore

Administration: We are strict about things that keep students safe, but are as lenient as possible when it comes to expression of student views.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I have not known the campus to be extremely strict on things that don't matter much. At the same time I believe that the students here don't give the Administration much to be strict about. I have not met anyone who has been restricted from something or given some kind of probation unfairly.

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Following rules are an integral part of life at any university, especially UMBC. The 24-hour police here are always alert and quick to arrive wherever they are needed. Violating any of the campus policies against drugs or alcohol will get you a date with Judicial Services, and breaking campus parking or motor vehicle rules will get you a pricey ticket.

In the dorms, residential assistants are always on the lookout to for any possible problems. They can easily crack down on any parties or write up students, and in general, they tend to be more harsh on freshmen than upperclassmen in the dorms. In the apartments, students tend have more freedom, and complaints are less of a problem there. Overall, students need to watch their behavior because UMBC is a stickler for conforming to the rules. However, this also makes it much easier to get your work done—which is theoretically the reason why you are in college in the first place!

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Speeding
  • Violating noise regulations
Visitation Policies
Students who have people visit them in either Patapsco or Susquehanna halls, which mostly house freshmen, have to sign in all guests, who also need to leave an ID card with the front desk. Students who live in Harbor Hall, Erickson Hall, or the off-campus Walker Apartments have to swipe guests into the building, as well as each floor. Residents of West Hill, Hillside, and Terrace apartments can have guests come and go without checking them in. There is a lot more freedom in the apartments.
Did You Know?
  • The campus is located close to the police station.
  • The UMBC campus police have young officers who work undercover on campus.
  • The UMBC campus police have drug-sniffing dogs that they take around campus during evenings on the weekends.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 152 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 160 responses

  • 24% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 64% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 9% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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