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3 College Freshman

Administration: I've heard they're getting stricter on The Row, but that's not a bad thing.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Tailgating allows for a lot of underage drinking -- the university kind of just turns a blind eye. It makes tailgating at USC quite an experience to say the least. But if you are caught, things are taken pretty seriously. I know many people have concerns with policies and the administration assessing sexual assault and rape -- I believe that the university is starting to make progress in the right direction due to mounting external and internal pressures. I haven't necessarily seen a lot of change, but there are little things occurring.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: It is safe to say that they get the job done.

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4 College Junior

Administration: I don't normally deal with the administration, but they seem to be doing well.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The school is not that strict in social/ outside school behavior. They focus more on academic integrity.

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USC is a lenient campus, but plagiarism, acts of hate, theft, violence, and reckless drug and alcohol abuse are not tolerated when displayed publicly. These offenses can result in failing classes, losing housing privileges, and expulsion if the offense is severe enough. RAs have a reputation for lenience in freshman housing, but students on bad terms with RAs tend to get in trouble for partying more than other people do. Remember, when it all comes down to it, RAs are students just like you, so treat them like you would anyone else, with respect and courtesy, yet understand that they have a job to do, and they’re only there to help. The University is not out to catch USC students for getting wild from time to time.

While the school seems lax about rule bending, it is more that students are not out to get wild. Once President Sample began cracking down on the reckless behavior of fraternities, parties became more mellow and now have little effect on the academic ideals of the University. As long as students seem to be acting safely and with respect for the community, no one is bothered.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles and incense burning in a dorm room
  • Noise violations
  • Parking illegally
  • Parking your bike in the wrong place
  • Plagiarism

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 191 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 217 responses

  • 43% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 51% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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