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3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is pretty strict. You cannot be in a dorm of the opposite sex past a certain hour every day of the week.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: They do a great job of balancing rules with context. For example, alcohol is prohibited on campus and in the dorms (undergraduate) but they are not purposely looking out to bust kids. The same goes with most rules--they are willing to listen to the context and not be black and white.

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1 College Freshman

Administration: The strictness at my school depends on who and where you are. The boys dorms get an extreme amount of leniency while the girls dorms are under extremely strict rule (which are supposed to be applied to all dorms). I'd like the school to re-think co-ed dorms, but do to the religious affiliation that is very unlikely. Also, a very annoying policy is parietals--where guys have to be out of girls dorms and vice versa by 1:00am on weekdays and 2:00am on weekends.

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3 College Student

Administration: There's definitely a double standard in rules. For example, boys' dorms are more lenient with drinking and breaking parietals. Parties absolutely would get busted in a girls' dorm but blatant underage drinking is for the most part disregarded in male dorms. As long as you're not openly drinking though, a girl dorm RA probably won't bust you. There are consequences if you are caught violating rules too obviously. There are strict policies regarding drugs and cheating, which can get you kicked out if they are serious enough. Attendance depends on the professor. Some will deduct class points for absences; others will never take attendance at all.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I just get the sense that everything here is like a show for prospective students and tourists.


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Students agree that you can basically drink as much as you want around Notre Dame and have little to worry about from campus authorities. At worst, the consequences will be about as severe as a slap on the wrist. On the other end of the spectrum, however, the penalties for both drug use and sex on campus are expulsion. Most students didn't complain about the University's priorities, though they are noticeably different from many other schools.

The bottom line? Drink if you like, but don't use drugs or get caught fooling around. The lenient alcohol policy leaves plenty of room for students to have fun; however, there are hefty fines for overindulgence. Students are expected to be responsible, and there is supervision-if you can't keep things behind closed doors, you will get in trouble for it. Make sure you consider the consequences before you do anything on campus. Don't push things too far and you should be just fine.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drug possession
  • Drug usage
  • Having Sex

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 105 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 114 responses

  • 44% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 50% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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