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4 College Sophomore

Administration: I think that their main goal is to make sure that we are safe. Other than that, they allow us to have fun.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Its as strict as you would expect. If youre making a scene, you may get in trouble, but if you mind your own business its fine.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't think there is that much strictness at my school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: They could be more strict when it comes to underage drinking. They are really not that strict in general.

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2 College Sophomore

Administration: RAs and GAs in the freshmen dorms are far to quick to break things up/get kids in trouble for things playing music in the dorm, even before quiet hours begin.

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On campus, safety comes first and discipline comes much, much later. Students feel that campus police are not very strict and only enforce rules if you make your violation particularly obvious or create an infraction that puts students in danger. The situation with RAs tends to be the same. If you walk into your RA's room with a bottle of alcohol in your hand, you will most likely get written up, but if you keep it in a room with the door closed, the chances of getting in trouble are very low. The official alcohol policy at Penn says that "in cases of intoxication and/or alcohol poisoning, the primary concern is the health and safety of the individual(s) involved . . . . No student seeking medical treatment for an alcohol or other drug-related overdose will be subject to University discipline . . . . This policy shall extend to another student seeking help for the intoxicated student."

Fraternities and sororities probably get cited for alcohol violations more than any other group, but while the organization can be placed on probation, specific students are not usually held responsible. Spring Fling is the time when security is the most strict, and all guests are required to register for passes and stay with the person they are visiting at all times. However, even at this time, security tends to be spotty, and often security guards let people they recognize slip by because they are bombarded with more visitors than they can handle. Overall, the school is not strict about many things.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Downloading copyrighted materials and plagiarism
  • Leaving garbage in the hallway of your dorm
  • Making too much noise during "Quiet Hours"
  • Parking violations
  • Running a red-light
  • Smoking pot or cigarettes in the dorms
  • Trying to sneak into a dining hall without your Penn Card or taking food from a dining market without paying
  • Underage drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 98 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 104 responses

  • 62% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 38% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.


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