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5 College Junior

Administration: As long as you don't lie, cheat, or steal you will be respected by administration and public safety.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The Drinking scene is huge on campus, but drugs are only there if you want them to be there. Despite this, safety is a huge concern of the school. Rather than condemning what they know will happen, they work really hard to maintain a safe atmosphere. Besides drinking, honor is a huge thing here. They take honor very seriously. This in itself creates a very trustworthy atmosphere.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Generally they just want to keep things safe, If you're not making trouble, they won't bother you

5 College Freshman

Administration: The Honor System is well-upheld. The University constantly works with students in order to act in the student body's best interests.

4 College Junior

Administration: Because of the honor code, the administration trusts students to do the right thing, and therefore, much of the school's administration, regulations, and rule-making are left up to the students and the committees they appoint. I think it's a great system, but it also can lead to a lot of favoritism.

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As far as legal strictness at Washington & Lee, students quickly learn that, while the University security forces are willing to hear them out and take a measured, often gracious course of action for their disciplinary problem, the Lexington Police force is not as forgiving. From parking to noise violations to students walking through town at night, the local police force is notorious for handing out violations for what are seen by students as minor infractions. Infamous is the minute minder for the local police force, who can be seen patrolling the streets with their chalk to mark cars for checking a short time after their two-hour limit is up. Towed cars are a common occurrence for students. Those looking to throw parties that will continue any time past 11 p.m. will need to get a kind of noise allowance before hand, and the police can still shut the party down if they receive a noise complaint. Finally, a dominant criticism of the police has been their tendency to stop students walking back to the dorms if they stumble or trip. Police have not hesitated in the past to hand out "minor in possession" charges to those over the legal intoxication limit in public.

For all the less-than-stellar practices of the local police, the campus security forces are known for being reasonable and helpful for students. While remaining alert for discipline issues, security guards are more likely to either give a student a warning for a minor mistake such as a noise violation or provide their honest estimation for more serious infractions. Students often get to know individual security workers and do their part in making their job easier. All in all, the not-so-great practices of the Lexington Police are compensated by the outstanding performance of the school security.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Breaking the University's alcohol policies
  • Drinking alcohol in the dorms
  • Failing to register a vehicle
  • Making excessive noise (but students can get away with quite a bit of rowdiness in the dorms)
  • Plagiarizing online materials
  • Smoking marijuana in the dorms
  • Unauthorized parking
Did You Know?
W&L has a ton of student governance, and for a majority of the things that people get in trouble doing, the sanctions are handled by their peers, resulting in fair punishments. However, if a student feels a sanction is too harsh, he is free to appeal it.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 35 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 41 responses

  • 59% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 32% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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