The most visible change on Dickinson’s campus in recent years is the alteration of the role of Dickinson Public Safety (DPS). The DPS officers have become focused on safety, rather than on “busting” students who are behaving safely behind closed doors. Dickinson seeks to foster a community of trust and responsibility, with RAs serving as mentors, rather than police officers, and DPS acting as a vehicle for safety, rather than for irrational punishment. That said, some students do still find DPS to be too strict; however, often the students that complain are often those hosting raucous parties or acting inappropriately on campus.
Despite the presence of DPS, the party still goes on at Dickinson. The College is not a hardcore party school, but students do like to get together on weekends and have a good time. Many students party all four years here without a single write-up on their records. Having a write-up, however, is more of an indication of inappropriate behavior than an indication of a Public Safety vendetta.