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Written by Danica Loucks
School policy states that no alcohol or drugs can be kept in campus housing where minors are present, but this policy doesn't seem to be followed at all times—then again, at what college can campus security maintain complete control over students and their drinking habits? In an attempt to monitor alcohol consumption and maintain a safe amount of alcohol on campus, the College rents kegs to the social houses, but other alcohol still finds its way onto campus. While Bowdoin Security seems to be pretty relaxed about knuckling down on illegal or excessive drinking, they shine when it comes to knowing when a party has spun out of control and may be unsafe. As a whole, the security employees are committed to taking care of Bowdoin students and keeping them safe—even after students have been irresponsible. For example, security always encourages students to call them if anyone is worried that another student might be at risk for alcohol poisoning. There are consequences that come along with security picking students up and taking them to Parkview Hospital, but they are at least cared for.
In regards to academics, the Honor Code reminds students of the importance of honesty in homework, taking exams, or running for student government. Anyone who violates this policy will have to go in front of the Judicial Board (J-Board), and just the threat of this tends to keep students honest. The J-Board is a student-appointed committee that, along with a faculty adviser, meets and discusses all student infringements of policy. In general, this committee exists more for precedent regarding academic integrity and student fights than for expelling students. On the whole, the College wants to see the students do well and succeed in all that they do.
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