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3 College Sophomore

Administration: the administration has good policies but does not strictly enforce them

4 College Junior

Administration: The campus administration just wants to protect the community, and it does a great job of doing so.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I haven't had much interaction with the Administration. During my freshman orientation, I met the Dean of Student Affairs and was informed about making the University of Pittsburgh 'My School'. So, I took that advice at hand and decided to make Pitt 'My School'.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I feel very safe at Pitt. However, some of their rules such as signing people in and out of the building can be a hassle. It causes time delays.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I have never had a problem with getting caught/in trouble, but I know a few friends that have and none were punished too badly. Some RAs are chill while others take their role very seriously so it depends on who you end up with. The most annoying thing is visitation and signing people in and out; I understand that it is for safety reasons but there could definitely be a more convenient way of doing it.


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How you perceive Pitt's campus strictness is very dependent on what you're caught doing, where you're doing it, and who catches you. In general, campus police and RAs are very strict when it comes to drug and alcohol use. Although RAs are known to be pretty lenient with their floors regarding alcohol, this doesn't mean that you should try and get away with underage drinking in the dorms. Drug use is even more dangerous, and both campus police and University staff are quick to crack down on drug violations. Punishment for getting caught with drugs or alcohol can mean any combination of a fine, a notification sent home to your parents, a required class in substance abuse, and action by the University's Judicial Board. All of these things are completely avoidable if you're mature enough about what you're doing. Most arrests and citations are the result of students being loud and rowdy, or otherwise drawing attention to themselves. Off-campus parties are rarely busted. When they are, those who live in the busted house have a lot of trouble on their hands. In houses around campus, it's probably going to be campus police who break-up the party. There's a good chance that those who don't live at the house will just be told to leave.

City police are the most lenient of all the authorities you'll encounter because they have more important things to worry about than dealing with drunken college kids. They won't often show up to parties unless a formal complaint has been issued. Clearly, the key is to know your limits and not make a spectacle of yourself. Most of the students who find themselves in trouble have done something to ask for it.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Blasting your speakers too loudly into the Quad
  • Drinking underage
  • Keeping a George Foreman Grill in your room
  • Parking illegally
  • Public urination or indecency
  • Smoking pot if in dorms

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 232 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 254 responses

  • 36% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 60% 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.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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