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4 College Junior

Administration: We have a great police force at VT. They strict at times, but you will never feel unsafe.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It sucks to live on campus no matter what because there are RA's and cops. Once you get off campus, you can do whatever you want.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The only issues I have seen are in the dorms with RA's and alcohol/marijuana (do not ever smoke in the dorms). I think it mostly depends on what kind of RA you get, as with all schools. Other than that, everything is pretty lax and no one cares about much as long as you're not hurting anyone. Oh wait, one more thing I've just remembered: parking services is psychotic.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Not really any problems in this aspect of University Life. The only problem is parking services. Very strict and very uptight.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I do not feel like any of the rules at Virginia Tech are over the top, or too overbearing. I believe the rules are in place for a reason and are doing their job.


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Police officers visit campus often during the day and evening, but if you're not doing anything illegal or wrong, they're usually friendly. During the day, the police pull over people driving too fast around the Drillfield, direct jaywalkers to crosswalks, and catch bicyclists going the wrong way on the roads. In the evenings, the police make their way downtown either on bikes, on foot, or in patrol cars in order to make sure students aren't drunk in public or driving under the influence. A DUI is a serious offence, and the police set up DUI checkpoints quite often.

The police are sometimes called when parties get too loud off campus. Most of the time, officers issue warnings to loud partiers, tell them to turn their music down, and send their partying friends home. The police in Blacksburg realize that this is a college town, but they don't have much patience for drunken students. On-campus drinking is regulated by RAs in the dorms, and they watch for underage drinking. The campus isn't a dry campus, so if students are caught drinking, usually the consequences are softer for the first offense and get stricter if you're caught again. The campus and the police aren't too strict, and most of the time they just leave Tech students feeling safe. Most rules and laws that get enforced have to do with alcohol and traffic violations. Less serious things, like having a guy or a girl over too late in you dorm, isn't going to get you into very much trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Downloading music and movies
  • Jaywalking
  • Parking violation
  • Public intoxication
  • Riding your bike on the wrong side of the street
  • Stealing in dorms
  • Underage drinking
  • Vandalism

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 195 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 221 responses

  • 47% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 51% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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