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3 College Junior

Administration: Yale's administration is for sure old-school but they eventually move along with the times.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Campus security focuses on safety, any other discipline is honor-based. No complaints here.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: I have not had much experience with the strictness on campus, which might speak for itself.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Yale is surprisingly lenient when it comes to drug and alcohol usage on campus. Their reasoning is that they don't want students who are in danger to be afraid to tell administration about problems they might have, so its treated as a health issue rather than a disciplinary issue. There are more protests/demonstrations at Yale than there are at similar institutions which is nice, since similar activity is likely to be shut down at other universities.

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Administration: Give us plenty of freedom and its much appreciated

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The Yale administration is notoriously lenient towards most student activities, especially alcohol. The university tends to value safety and moderation above punishment or strictness, and the Yale police and staff are more likely to warn students about certain behaviors than write them up. A common example of this policy occurs during fire code inspections. Students are technically "not allowed" to have microwaves, but it is assumed that most suites will own one. All students have to do to pass fire expection is cover their microwave with a towel. This relationship between Yale authority and its students is typical in many areas, especially alcohol. As long as you don't reach extremes, the administration won't bother you.

Beginning at freshmen orientation, Yale makes it clear to students that the University expects underage drinking to occur on campus. Students are encouraged to consume in moderation, in safety, and to look out for one another if they choose to drink. Yalies will never get in trouble for going to Yale Health Services after drinking too much. Students are warned, however, that if their behavior or condition is severe enough to involve the New Haven Police or Hospital, they will face consequences.

Yale's policy of "safety before punishment" receives mixed reviews among students. Many students enjoy the lax atmosphere and take full advantage of it. Others feel that the system reflects a lack of care for the students and leads to too many dangerous situations. The University is very strict on certain issues, however. Sexual harassment and/or rape (under any circumstances) is not tolerated, nor are hard drugs and narcotics.

Essentially, Yale attempts to walk the line between student safety and free choice. The system has its pros and cons but has, in general, supported a positive atmosphere on campus and promoted the safety of its students.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Having candles or incense in your dorm
  • Hosting an unregistered party with 25 or more people
  • Illegally downloading copyrighted materials
  • Jaywalking across Elm St. (Cross Campus to Old Campus)
  • Owning firearms
  • Parking illegally
  • Parking your bike in the wrong place
  • Playing bladderball (banned in 1982)
Visitation Policies
Yale doesn't have any restrictions on visitation. However, the policy doesn't appear to result in abuse of the system. Most Yalies are too busy to host friends often; when they do, it's usually because their friends from other schools are visiting Yale for conferences, academic events, or joint concerts. Of course, there is always a serious crunch for floor space during the Yale/Harvard game weekend.
Did You Know?
As befits an academic institution where most of the professors make their living on their ideas, Yale upholds strict policies on plagarism and illegal obtainment of resources. This means that there is strict policing of illegal downloads, so think twice before illegally downloading music or movies.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 78 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 89 responses

  • 60% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 38% 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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