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3 College Senior

Administration: They're starting to crack down on underage drinking in dorms; it will go on your record and you'll be charged and have to go to court. As far as creating student groups, it's easier if you are creating something that is part of a larger organization so you can look at their constitution and everything else that needs to get approved. Most other policies are to the discretion of whoever is in charge.

3 College Junior

Administration: The school will now set up a court date for underage drinking if you are caught on top of making you take alcohol awareness class, which seems unnecessarily strict.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The school's policies are very fair. Most things such as attendance are determined by each professor. The honor code is taken seriously and so is cheating but I have never seen anyone get in trouble. I know one person forced to withdraw from a class because of cheating but that was the only punishment.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Some things, like alcohol and drugs they are very strict on while the things that won't hurt you they ease up. Very safe campus though

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: They're generally there to help and not hurt. So long as you aren't doing anything you know you shouldn't be doing you'll be fine. Just follow the rules.

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UNCW's laid-back campus vibe does not carry over to leniency toward campus rules and policies. Campus rules are strictly enforced, but they are all put in place for the benefit and safety of UNCW's students; campus strictness is completely fair and justified. RAs and campus police officers are going to punish those who break the rules. They understand the college life of students and how situations vary, so warnings and UNCW-only citations are given out first to violators before harsher actions are taken (depending on the seriousness of the violation, of course). The student handbook information is provided to all students so they know the rules.

There are not a lot of strict rules regarding student activities, but the rules that are in place make sense. Visitors are allowed in the residence halls—residents just have to separately sign them in so it's known by the front desk who is in the building at all times. Underage drinking or underage possession of alcohol is not allowed and not tolerated. Even students caught in disruptive situations with others drinking will face consequences. Attendance policies vary with each class and professor, with some professors not requiring attendance and others stating full attendance in the syllabus at the start of the semester. Whatever the attendance policy, professors will hold students to it. In all aspects of student life, students are told the rules and what is expected of them, informed of consequences if the rules are broken, and learn positive decision-making skills from campus strictness. 

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Making too much noise
  • Parking illegally
  • Underage drinking or possessing alcohol
  • Using or possessing drugs
Visitation Policies
Freshmen can have visitors in the residence halls; they just have to be separately signed in and proof of identification has to be left at the front desk. In the upperclassman apartments, there are no visitation restrictions, but a visitor cannot stay for more than two weeks.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 120 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 120 responses

  • 44% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 48% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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