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5 College Sophomore

Administration: I never had any problems, but I never drank alchol or did drugs. However the Department of Public Saftey (DPS) officers are constantly patrolling, and are at every exit and entrance to the school and are at most road intersections within a mile of campus. They make the students feel very safe. Despite the area (primarily to the South of campus) I have never felt in danger or uncomfortable while at USC.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Parking is hassle. Also when you call public safety, it's like there has to be a actual crime, other than that they will not help you much.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They really endorse being safe when intoxicated.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: USC campus strictness definitely helps to make students feel safe on campus despite its urban setting and location. Although I do not think that USC is an extremely strict campus overall, USC is very strict in regards to policies that protect student safety. For example, no one can enter the campus after 9pm without showing their USC ID card. Also, in order to go upstairs in any on-campus dorm, students must quickly fingerprint in order to verify that they live there. Other students or visitors who do not live in that dorm must sign in with a student who lives there by giving their ID at the front desk and retrieving it again when they leave. Because of these strictly regulated policies, I was never worried about feeling unsafe on campus or in my dorm.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The amount of strictness was fine.


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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 287 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 312 responses

  • 48% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 46% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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