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4 College Freshman

Administration: Having visitors is pretty easy. One of the officers is the worst but otherwise they're generally lenient about weed and alcohol.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Campus security is amazing. They are super helpful and always offer a ride if they see you walking to class. Even better, they don't bust parties if there is no hard alcohol and most things are in solo cups.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: If you're intelligent/responsible about what you are doing, you can do nearly anything you'd like.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The school police are so nice!

4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus security is there to help you, not to punish you


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There isn't one answer when it comes to strictness at Williams because it varies with the nature and seriousness of a situation. Campus Security’s strictness depends on the officer, but almost all officers ignore parties involving beer and Beirut, and others will occasionally join in on the game. The head of security dislikes hard liquor and will sometimes write people up for it. So, the rule of thumb is drink beer in the common room (unless you’re a Frosh) and take shots in your room. It’s not the safest system, but it’s the easiest way to party without getting in trouble.

One must weigh the consequences of a late library book versus that of alcohol poisoning, and many feel Williams College security should, too. While Williams has many rules, most students do not find it difficult to follow them. Rules should be observed with equal rigor, both when it comes to library policies and underage drinking.

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Smoking in dorms

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 22 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 23 responses

  • 65% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 30% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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