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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus security is there to help. They may make underage users give up their stuff, but they won't call in the police or report it. Class attendance for freshman is brutal. They actually take roll and you have to have a legitimate excuse or you can be penalized.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The closed door alcohol policy (alcohol is fine so long as you aren't disruptive, unsafe, and it's behind a closed door) along with full support of residence staff and the student health center lead to a very safe environment for alcohol use, as nobody's afraid to get help when they need it.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: In my opinion, they don't do quite enough to stop underage drinking.

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4 College Junior

Administration: The buildings are very secure and security guards do a great job.

3 College Senior

Administration: Campus strictness really depends on where you live. If you're living in dorms, you can expect rather average to strict policy about noise, drinking and partying. Expect that an RA will knock on your door if you're having a loud party past quiet hours- especially on a week night. And, during final exam week, dorm staff is very strict about maintaining quiet hours. But, if you live off campus- even in a frat house, policy is a lot more lenient. But even so, Whitman staff's implementation comes down to repeated warnings as opposed to punishment.

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Technically, Whitman has a no-tolerance policy when it comes to drugs, but a very relaxed alcohol policy. In fact, first-year students are allowed to drink in their rooms as long as the door is shut, and the group of people inside the room is small. Students, however, are not allowed to walk down the hall with an unsealed, open container of alcohol, but do not get in trouble necessarily for possessing alcohol.

Whitman's policies make the school a place that allows students enough room to experiment and have their fun with alcohol, particularly. Whitman, in reality, is a pretty big drinking school, but it is very possible and common to find other social activities where alcohol is not involved. However, because of other factors (for example, how rigorous academics are), the relaxed policy lends itself to students governing their own lives and schedules. Those who spend too much time partying definitely end up paying for it academically, or in some other way. Though, generally, Whitman is a school that knows when to study hard and knows when to play hard. There are many options for students to have fun. Students looking for a non-exclusive party environment can find it very easily, and students who want to avoid the party scene can do so pretty easily, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Destroying public property
  • Having candles or incense in a dorm room
  • Making too much noise in the dorms
  • Smoking pot
  • Sneaking alcohol between dorm rooms (it's not allowed in the hallways)
  • Trying to swim in Lakum Duckum (a small pond where the ducks on campus live)

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 21 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 19 responses

  • 53% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 42% 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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