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4 College Sophomore

Administration: A lot of policies really depend on the dorm you're in. For example, I lived in Honors and there was no rules basically as long as you didn't get caught. The RM's trust you to act like adults which I thought was nice.

5 College Freshman

Administration: I really like the administration because they take their jobs seriously, but aren't so restricting that it feels suffocating.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The honor code is taken seriously at University of South Carolina.

3 College Student

Administration: The campus has rules, but they seem to take these rules with a grain of salt.

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3 College Senior

Administration: The campus enforces important rules to keep the campus safe


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Strictness on campus is pretty moderate, and students can usually find ways to get away with things as long as they use caution. Rules are enforced directly by RAs in campus dorms, the USC Police Department, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Department. The severity of the punishment often depends on who students are dealing with. RAs generally allow more leniency when it comes to drug usage, and most tend not to notice or care as long as it’s done discretely (some, however, may be on a mission to catch students).

Campus police are very strict about drugs and drinking. You can get kicked out of housing, lose your scholarship, or get kicked out of school if the police catch you with drugs. Alcohol is probably the most difficult thing for authorities to monitor, but students do get in trouble for alcohol usage frequently, even though punishment is not as severe as it would be for usage of other drugs such as marijuana or cocaine. The main concern of authorities seems to focus on alcohol usage and making sure that students are safe and that situations do not get out of control. As long as students are not blatantly obvious about drug and alcohol usage, chances are they will not have to worry about getting caught.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Having candles or other items not permitted in your room
  • Keeping guests in the dorm past curfew
  • Noise complaints in dorm rooms often lead to alcohol violations for freshman and sophomores, and it is not uncommon for students to be apprehended and ticketed while stumbling back to campus from an obvious night at the bars.
  • Parking illegally
  • Smoking illegal substances
  • Sneaking guests into the dorm
  • Underage drinking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 322 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 322 responses

  • 33% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 56% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 8% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.


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