College Junior 2013-09-08T16:47:27Z
Military school so a lot of rules obviously. Drug use or alcohol on campus is not tolerated. If you get good grades you receive academic days which allow you to leave during the school week but other than that cadets that are not in trouble are usually permitted to leave on the weekend.
College Sophomore 2013-04-03T03:00:35Z
No freedom. No fun. Everything about it is horrible.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T16:33:37Z
Extremely Strict – If you break a little rule, you are punished more so than I think you should be. of course, it is a military school, but it is way more strict than it needs to be.
College Senior 2012-07-14T04:01:45Z
It's obviously strict. My review is not about the barracks, but the Police in the area.
On Campus, State Troopers assigned to VMI are in charge. When it comes to parking tickets, there is no place on earth where you will get nailed faster. However, if you are a cadet and get into trouble, the ones I have met will help you out and usually act in your best interest. One of them I know personally, and they seem like a good group. They drive white Chargers.
County Police are also very good, and usually asked by the school to watch when VMI Cadets have hotel parties (You'll understand why this is good once I get to town police). I have had little interaction with them, but they don't tend to bother people and tolerated drinking (some underage) at hotel parties as long as people are not being belligerent. They drive brown and yellow Crown Vics.
Lexington Police is the worst department I have ever dealt with. They will not let you off or even not screw you over, no matter if you're a firefighter/EMS, Military, Veteran, or what have you. While W&L students probably get much more experience with this, but drinking age Cadets (me included) have been arrested for simply leaving a bar with alcohol in the blood. They have no interest in helping you, and are always driving around in state of the art blue Chargers. Avoid them like the plague. When they get you, they will try and tack on every charge they can, and would just love to see the military pull your commission. Know your rights before you get mixed up with them, don't try to appease them by being too agreeable, they'll use it against you.
Other reasons for giving it an F not related to Police include the over the top punishment system (PT's), even a minor offense (being late, dirty uniform, etc, etc) will start with five hours and it goes up. Drinking in barracks is sixty, which is a bit excessive.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-25T03:25:57Z
I Miss Freedom – This is a military school. EVERYTHING affects student life. I need permission to leave for a weekend.