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2 College Sophomore

Administration: The University is too lenient on their alcohol policy.

3 College Junior

Administration: The administration is pretty lenient about most issues. I lived in one of the more relaxed dorms and no one cared what you did. I mean sure you could land a RA who is super strict but most are fairly laid back. Tons of drugs get used around campus and I feel like no one cares as long as you don't flaunt it. For example if people go to their dorms and drink or smoke weed no one cares but if kids walked around during the middle of the day with blunts, it might be a different story. Then again, it is Missoula. I remember at one of the football games people were smoking weed in the student section. Just depends on who you hang out with. Parking is a hassle. Don't bring your car if you have the choice.

3 College Junior

Administration: They could honestly work harder on their drug and alcohol policy.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Administration is very different depending on the teacher, RA if you live in a dorm, and creating organizations are possible if requirements are met.

3 College Senior

Administration: Parking police are always out to get you and it's ridiculous, especially when there is not enough parking spaces.


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Since UM is a state school, the campus and local police can search suspected minors in possession. Since UM is not a religiously-affiliated school, UM does not have an overwhelming number of rules or limitations. The campus police are the least lenient about illegal parking, though; they seem to take pleasure in giving out $25 tickets, ugly pink slips of paper tucked on the front windows of cars.

Underage students caught drinking in the dorms are required to attend a "Self Over Substance" class, which not so much punishes, but rather educates students on the consequences of abusing drugs and alcohol. Visitation policies in the dorms tend to be lenient; guys and girls stay over all of the time. Students generally feel free to do whatever they want, and missing class, being hungover in class, or sleeping with members of their class are commonplace, not illegal, and barely stigmatized actions. Best of all, the campus police help students in need, walking students across campus, giving them rides if they cannot drive themselves, and finding students' stolen goods. UM students do speculate that outright favoritism does exist, with athletes tending to benefit most from all of the above.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking or smoking in dorms
  • Parking without a permit
  • Smoking next to entryways

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 126 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 139 responses

  • 35% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 61% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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