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Administration: They're out to catch kids that are doing anything wrong. Cops are always parked along the route from parties to campus so don't stumble otherwise they'll ticket you. Cops break up parties by 12 almost every time. Res Life is run by a bunch of power hungry 50 year olds there to yell at you like a parent then make you cough up $100+ for each violation.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Fair, but not overly aggressive with the enforcement of all the rules. Don't be outrageous and you will be just fine.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I think that those with a say on what goes on and near campus do what they have to do to keep our school a safe community.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They're there if you need them, but don't rely on them. It's a small school but it's still difficult to get everything you need done when you have to rely on administration.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I was frustrated with a lack of response and action when I reported that my roommate was stealing from me. I wish residence life had taken me more seriously.


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While they would tell you otherwise, the unofficial policy of campus police seems to be "if we can't see it, and it's not bothering anyone, we'll let it slide." Drinking goes on in the dorms virtually every night to some degree, and as long as doors are shut and nobody is making any kind of disturbance, the campus police and Residence Life staff are fairly lenient. To those who do get caught, written warnings, fines, and double-secret probation await the not-so-wise. As for parties, the campus police usually have little, if any, jurisdiction for the larger parties which almost always take place off campus. The Cincinnati or Norwood police will usually put an end to things rather quickly if there are complaints of noise or if there are a lot of people wandering around on the front lawn. The one exception to this is the Pig Roast, the end of the year bash where Cincinnati's finest are there simply to make sure no one gets hurt. A general rule among Xavier students is: "don't act stupid, and you won't be cited."

Overall, it would be safe to say that the campus has a comfortable level of strictness. Campus police realize they cannot control every action each student takes, and they act accordingly. Potentially dangerous or annoying behavior is often shut down if it's in public, but there is nobody breathing down the student body's neck telling everyone what they can and cannot do. Most officers here look to protect students rather than punish them. Generally, the students feel safe and free to do whatever reasonable college activities they want.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Causing a noise disturbance in your dorm
  • Drinking underage
  • Handing out flyers illegally
  • Parking illegally
  • Stealing signs or parking cones
  • Trying to sneak into the cafeteria without getting your card swiped

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 63 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 74 responses

  • 34% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 50% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 14% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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