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3 College Junior

Administration: The policies at the school aren't too strict, but some things are understandably not allowed such as drinking and drug use and depends on where you end up on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The only thing I don't like, is that even if you weren't drinking in the dorms and get caught, you're still written up.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They administration isn't going to stop you from having a good time

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I haven't seen any policies affecting our social lives. On the other hand, our academic lives are constantly under pressure. Go to grad school, they say. Take 15 credits per semester or more, or you wont graduate in 4 years, they say (which is true). Study/ do homework for a number of hours equaling triple the number of credit hours for every class even though we know you have a job and a life, they say and imply. The policies give a large degree of freedom socially, but the policies are the least of your concern when the classes do end up costing you most of the time in your life, if you want a 3.0 GPA that is.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Never had an issue here. Administration gets the job done without messing with student's personal lives too much. As long as you are reasonable, nobody cares about drinking in the dorms.

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The University of Minnesota has an appropriate amount of rule enforcement. Students are expected to follow rules at all times when on campus property. Most common rule-breaking involves drinking. Many students get caught drinking in the dorms, and the punishment can range from asking the student to pour out their alcohol down the drain to community service to potential expulsion from the dorms. However, in reality, the punishment isn't very severe. Many students get asked to write a reflection paper and do community service. But the severity is on a case-by-case basis. Outside residence halls, as long as students aren't putting anyone's lives in danger, the police leave them alone. Usually people know these rules and exercise them well by drinking in the privacy of off-campus houses and in safe environments with people they know. House parties often get broken up if they are too rowdy, but police usually let students go home, unless someone talks back to the cops. One thing to remember is that if you stay quiet and obedient when in the company of the police, they are more likely to let you go with a warning. In recent years, the Greek party scene has become more rigid due to some mishaps.

One policy that is taken very seriously is academic dishonesty: cheating or plagiarism. All U of M class syllabi state this policy very clearly. Consequences range from getting an F on a particular exam/paper to probation to potential expulsion. Therefore, students should not cheat or plagiarize other people's work. Besides these two, traffic laws should be followed closely because of the congestion, pedestrians, and construction zones. The point is, even the school administration knows what goes on in college. They are lenient because they want the students to enjoy their college lives, but they have rules to ensure that the "fun" does not interfere with academics or the privacy of the students. Safety is the main goal of campus strictness.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Behaving in an inappropriate sexual manner
  • Bringing food or drinks into the library
  • Cheating in class
  • Doing drugs
  • Drinking underage
  • Going the wrong way on a one-way street
  • Having candles and incense sticks in your dorm
  • Jaywalking
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Not following traffic rules (especially in construction zones)
  • Parking illegally
  • Plagiarizing
  • Rioting after the NCAA Hockey Championship
  • Running stop signs
  • Stealing in public areas, like libraries
  • Streaking on the field
  • Trying to leave your dorm with liquor in your backpack
  • Urinating or public indecency
  • Vandalizing school property
Visitation Policies
Students are allowed to have visitors over, but they will be the student's responsibility. Any disruptive behavior by a guest will result in negative consequences for the student. Housing & Residential Life allows for overnight guest stays, but the office suggests that these trips be limited to a few days at a time.
Did You Know?
  • Guests must be escorted at all times when they are in the building. Telephones are provided at the Information Desk and immediately outside of the buildings so that guests may call the resident to meet them in the lobby entrance area.
  • Residential Life's code of conduct can be found at: This guidebook lists the expectations of living on campus property and the consequences of breaking rules.
  • Every campus residence hall has RAs or CAs (resident advisers or community advisers), along with security guards that roam the dorms at night to keep a check on disruptive behavior.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 291 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 314 responses

  • 37% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 59% 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.
  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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