Even during weekends, the UT Dallas campus retains a calm and quiet atmosphere that is widely attributed to the campus police’s strictness. While the police won’t conduct random searches every weekday, they do take security and safety issues very seriously. Hazards from hazing, pranks and firearm possession—including paintball guns—fall under this category, so watch out if you’re one of those bad boys who makes practical jokes once in a while. The authorities watch drug possession quite closely, especially in the freshman dorms, with the help of peer advisers, but it seems a little easier to store alcohol in your apartments. Visitation and pet policies are relatively loose, too; many students manage to hide their pet snake or spider in their senior apartments. The majority of classes takes attendance, and there’s usually no easy way to get around it. However, not skipping classes can sometimes work out very well for you grade-wise—duh!—as some professors award out-of-proportion points for good attendance.
The PAs are quite reasonable, but overall, residence hall PAs may be stricter than those in other residential buildings, as required by the administration. Once you move out of the Res-Hall, you can enjoy an easier life with loud music, a trash-filled kitchen, and frequent girlfriend/boyfriend visits. If you violate any trivial rules, the managers will usually give you a second chance and a couple of days to fix it. If it takes you more than that to clean up the mess that is your room, expect to pay some fines and/or receive further warnings.