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3 College Junior

Administration: Some people are great, others are terrible. It all depends who you talk to.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: While there are rules set up for alcohol, drugs, etc., some of the rules are not enforced. For example, on my floor, there should be no loud noises or people of the opposite gender (guys in my case) after ten-o-clock. But often after midnight, I can't sleep due to loud laughing and talking, and I can't get ready for bed or take a shower with guys still hanging around. As for alcohol policies, there should be no alcohol, as the building I am in contains underage students, but the RA does say to "hide what you don't want to be seen" when the RA does room check-ups.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: USD may be strict, but in a good way. All the restrictions the school enforces is to enable a healthy study environment. If you want to go to a party, head off campus.

1 College Junior

Administration: Academic: THE DEANS ARE HORRIBLE. Transfer student that had a lovely experience with the Admissions Office and after that the administration became my worst nightmare. Most of professors in the science department are horrible and you don't really learn because you spend most of your time memorizing all the information for one class. The amount Gen Ed class requirements are insane and you will spend most of your time here completing them. Some professors are amazing and want their students to succeed, but I've had so many professors that just expect the students to learn every piece of information in the exact way they taught it, and I can't learn from memorizing lecture slides or lecture notes. Psafe/parking give a lot of parking citations and there is no place for residents to park on campus during the day, which is hard because the dorms are so far from campus and the trams are not always reliable.

Social: Strict in the freshmen dorms and just watch people at night. They make sure no one smokes weed, but they never actually stop people from smoking cigarettes by the dorms. They are just out to get you for weed, alcohol, or anything else. DO NOT CALL PSAFE IF YOU ARE RAPED, call the SD police.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Public safety which is the security on campus are extremely strict and will blast the sirens at any call. It is nice to have areas with buttons where you can call them to walk you or drive you somewhere if you feel uncomfortable. they are very strict about alcohol in dorms and underage drinking and drugs.

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USD has a lot of policies designed to keep students both safe and comfortable on campus. Many students grumble about the enforcement of these policies. Coming back to campus drunk after a night out could earn you a write-up, a fine, a meeting with the dean, a mandatory alcohol safety course, a trip to what is infamously known as "detox," or any combination of these. Punishments get progressively worse for repeat offenses. Luckily, for many, the Residential Life staff will occasionally turn a blind eye to drinking and small parties. However, if alcohol use, drug use, or noise are excessive and blatantly obvious to the point that RAs can’t ignore it, expect to be written up. When RAs step in, they have to follow procedures that can be harsh—from steep fines to calling Public Safety.

Public Safety is notoriously strict. At night, if they see you acting belligerently or incoherently drunk, they won’t hesitate to send you downtown to detox, where you lay on a mat for four hours to sober up before being released. During the day, they enforce parking rules more than anything else. Parking citations are given frequently and can be exorbitantly expensive. If there’s a spot reserved from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you park there at 4:55, they will ticket you without hesitation. It’s safer to drive around campus for 5 minutes and come back. You are allowed to petition tickets from Public Safety, but these petitions work only occasionally. All in all, if you know the rules on campus, blindly obeying them isn’t always necessary. The administration doesn’t want to baby you; they want you to be smart and safe.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too loud
  • Parking illegally
  • Using or possessing alcohol
  • Using or possessing marijuana
Visitation Policies
The University has a policy on intervisitation (having a member of the opposite sex in your room). Guests are allowed from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The University considers it a party any time there's more than six people in a room. Additionally, if you're planning to have guests stay over, you're supposed to have it approved by your RA and Community Director (CD), but that policy is rarely, if ever, enforced.
Did You Know?
The Department of Public Safety (commonly referred to as "P-Safe") is located on the South Side of Hughes Administration Hall and is open 24 hours.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 158 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 180 responses

  • 29% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 53% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 12% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 6% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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