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2 College Freshman

Administration: I hated my dorm. Too many drunks. Too many drugs.

3 College Freshman

Administration: There are three areas where Valpo is fairly strict: parking, visitation in dorms, and the Honor Code. Parking can be a hassle because you must park where your pass is supposed to be. For freshmen, that's the top of the parking garage (which is ridiculous with how much you pay for a pass). Parking tickets can add up fast and be a total damper on your day. You can appeal them, but they are rarely turned over. Visitation in dorms can be a pain as well. If you are studying in someone else's room whom is the opposite sex, you have to leave five minutes before visitation is over, because if you get caught walking out of the room, you will get written up. However, some RAs are more lenient than others. Honor Code is also very important on campus. Bottom line: just don't cheat. They will catch you and you will be sent to Honor Council. Also, other students police this so you can be reported by one of your peers. Make sure you know the authorized aid for each class.

Alcohol use, on the other hand, is looked at a little differently. We have a dry campus, so if you are caught with alcohol, the RAs will deal with it as they see fit. Most of the time you just have to pour the alcohol out down your sink and are written up and taken to Judicial Board. Most punishments were just to write a page paper saying how this negatively affects the community. However, they do take this more seriously past the first offense.

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4 College Junior

Administration: They can be pretty strict here, but it's also easy to avoid getting caught. Like, if you have guests past visitation hours, don't be loud and you won't get caught.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They do not mess around when a policy is broken, but they can be very forgiving.

3 College Freshman

Administration: RAs in my dorm at least don't really enforce anything; people are loud all the time, and continuously obviously drunk.

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How strict the campus seems depends on whether you are looking at VUPD or Judicial Board policies and punishments (out of dorm vs. in dorm). VUPD handles drug and alcohol issues both in and out of the dorms, but the RAs and the dorm J-Boards handle other serious and non-serious write-ups. Each J-Board is a group of students elected by the dorm to hand out punishments for noise violations, alcohol use, curfew violations, and door propping. The J-Board punishments are notoriously more lenient than those handed out by VUPD.

Punishments from J-Board could be simply writing an essay on why what you did is wrong and why the rule is necessary. More serious crimes are handled by the VUPD. Many students will complain about the policies if caught drinking. If the police catch you, they will take you to jail where you sit for six hours before bail can be posted. There used to be a saying that "you haven't experienced Valpo until you've been arrested." Your record can be expunged with some community service and classes, though.

Overall, people complain about the police often, but they do increase the safety around campus. Most people feel that the police affect campus in a positive way as long as you learn to respect the rules, or at least be prepared to accept the consequences.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too noisy in the dorms
  • Downloading music
  • Having a member of the opposite sex in a room after visitation hours
  • Parking illegally
  • Propping open the side doors to the residence halls
  • Underage drinking and/or public intoxication
  • Violating the Honor Code (Valpo's academic honesty policy)
Visitation Policies
You can have guests of the opposite sex in your room until 1 a.m. on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends. Your floor can vote to make the lounge available to both genders at all times of day.
Did You Know?
VUPD is not a security force but an actual police department. Officers are trained the same as other city police officers.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 87 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 103 responses

  • 36% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 48% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 10% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 7% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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