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3 College Junior

Administration: I haven't had any trouble or conflict,

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I do not really think there is a problem with the school's administration. They do what they are supposed to.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Love Maryland, everyone is so helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus isn't very strict about things. Students can get away with a lot, especially in town. Very few people get in trouble for underage drinking, and the bars are pretty lenient with fake IDs.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It's pretty bureaucratic, but average overall.

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Campus strictness at Maryland is based on the rule of its enforcers and on the judicial committees. Students may encounter police officers and Resident Life officials that are either lenient, stringent, or moderate when following procedures. Sometimes, it depends on the timing, the situation, and the amount of evidence. For example, during football season at tailgates in the parking lots, patrolling police officers may not attempt to investigate whether good-natured, young attendees holding bottles of beer are of legal age. Yet, ask a random student who was caught on Maryland’s campus while doing something wrong, and he or she will tell you that the campus police are sticklers, mostly due to the fact that police officers are very strict on the road for speeding and with people who park illegally without permits. 

Resident assistants are a different breed. RAs are educated in confronting and preventing escalating conflict both inside and outside of residence halls. While most RAs do, in fact, implement their training background to take action, they usually follow the “see it, hear it, or smell it” rule. Rarely, do RAs seek out trouble—the opportunity to fill out paperwork and attend judicial hearings—but when trouble is in the air, RAs can sense it and will confront the student. If drugs are involved, the police can get involved, too.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too loud during quiet hours
  • Drinking in residence halls that are considered "dry"
  • Having big parties in dorms
  • Parking without a permit
  • Smoking pot in residence halls
Visitation Policies
Students are responsible for their guests' actions, including any destruction of property, noise violations, or belligerent behavior. Residents will be held financially responsible for damage caused by their guests.
Did You Know?
Most RAs are juniors and seniors. Many are very lenient and will give out two or three warnings before giving out a citation.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 384 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 412 responses

  • 25% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 61% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 10% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.


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