Most USF students are divided over the strictness of the campus as a whole, especially in regards to alcohol and drug use (typically marijuana) in the dorms. Though lots of students claim to get away with certain illegal or punishable activities, those who are caught face harsh penalties, such as mandatory substance abuse meetings, counseling, or academic probation. If a student is ever caught doing drugs, Public Safety is called immediately, and the student is punished without question. Such an experience is usually embarrassing enough to warrant more discretion or better behavior in the future.
RAs (resident advisers) live on every floor in every residence hall, and they’re typically the ones to catch students behaving badly most of the time. They’re the first level of authority for on-campus students, and as such, it’s their job to note students being too loud or disruptive, having incense or candles (both of which are forbidden in the dorms), or using illegal substances. RAs often catch offenders and report them to higher authority figures for further penalties. Since RAs are also college students, they don’t always set the best examples for their fellow classmates, so most USF students learn to be discreet early on in the semester. It’s as simple as not wandering around drunk in the halls, blasting your music, or leaving your candles and incense out burning during regular room checks.