One thing students at Montreat quickly learn about is campus rules. Visitation is regarded by most as strict, with a maximum of only 33 hours of visitation per residence hall per week. Those 33 maximum visitation hours are restricted to certain time slots during the week, with Wednesdays prohibiting visitation, reserved only for dorm socials and other events. Policies on alcohol and drug and tobacco product use on campus are strict—you aren't even supposed to be on campus if you're under the influence of alcohol—and punishable with anything from community service and fines to dismissal from the school. Underage drinkers and other substance abusers are turned over to the police and prosecuted by state law.
Montreat's staff does a good job of upholding its policies. RAs do regular room checks during visitation hours to make sure the residents are behaving. Depending on the RA, this can feel like babysitting, or it can be a nice visit from your classmate. RAs tend to show varying amounts of strictness when warning or writing up students. On some floors, students can swear without concern, whereas if another RA hears them, they may be written up for violating the handbook policies. It all depends on the RA. When it comes to serious issues, though—substance abuse, medical emergencies, or other issues—the campus staff works quickly to fix the problem. The administration handles almost all discipline cases (unless they are felonies or misdemeanors, which are handled by the police). Admin is flexible in many cases but shows no tolerance for serious issues that pose a potential threat to either a particular student or the College as a whole.