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3 College Freshman

Administration: Similar to other schools in that they will not tolerate any violations of policy if they find out. The best way to avoid repercussions is to keep noise to a minimum and do anything you're doing in the privacy of your own room.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: In my experience, professors are generally very lenient, and resident assistants vary. Professors either have no attendance policy or a rather lenient attendance policy. Many of them accept late work, especially if the student can provide an explanation. On my floor in my dorm, people are frequently loud late at night. Normally this does not bother me, but it does occasionally, especially if it goes on for quite a while. As far as I'm aware, my RA has never intervened, and has even occasionally contributed to the late night noise. The visitation policy is a bit excessive. I was informed once that I had violated part of the visitation policy, and the only thing I can come up with is that I did not escort my guest to the bathroom at 2 a.m.

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3 College Student

Administration: The administration usually errs on the side of strictness, but that is their job so I can't really blame them. I wish they would relax some policies though.

College Junior

Administration: I am not familiar with the school policies since I do not live on campus and spend approximately 5 hours a week on campus to attend my classes.

3 College Junior

Administration: Eh, it's fine. I think the worst thing about the administration is that they don't plan things very well, or at all. Events seem to be rushed and uncared for. Also athletics are pretty important to the school, brings in money.


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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 207 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 229 responses

  • 35% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 62% 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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