Look: it's not OK to just lock your bike to itself. If you do that, someone can pick it up and take it back to their house to free from the lock at their leisure. You have to lock your bike to something sturdy.
I don't know where this is but it looks like it might be good evidence for the need for more bike parking/locking facilities.
It's on campus. It does seem symptomatic of the need for more bike parking.