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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Gonzaga is pretty strict when it comes to academic policies such as cheating or attending classes but they seem to be a little more lenient when it comes to social policies such as visitation in dorms and drug and alcohol use

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: It is difficult to say and I rated it the way I did simply for the overall feeling. There are certain RA's that are more lenient than others and I'm sure they would be more lenient if they did their rounds by themselves. However, the school is smart to send them off in pairs because it makes them less likely to only give students warnings and not full documentation. I think it is on the stricter side, but it is still a fun place to learn and meet people.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: RAs can be a little strict but most are really cool and will give you a warning before taking major action

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They have pretty strict policies set up if you get caught drinking and especially if you are using drugs. They have programs they will assign you to that also cost money.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Since I do not live on campus I know a few of the policies about dorms but in my experience on other campuses Gonzaga seems to be average.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 58th
    Best Campus Police
  • 126th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 968th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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Campus Security and RAs are generally a decent and benevolent lot. They're almost always affable, helping students who have been locked out of their dorms or that need a ride back to campus. Some students feel that Campus Security is sometimes incompetent in emergency situations, but they do try to help first and ask later (in alcohol-related injuries). The Spokane police patrol the periphery of the campus regularly, but do not interfere with students much. As long as you don't get way out of hand, the powers that be tend to leave you alone.

Campus Security questions suspect behavior, and students holding keg cups or open containers on campus are probably going to get written up. In the past few years, the school has increased the fines and consequences—you can expect a $100 fine and a mandatory alcohol-awareness class. RAs run the gamut from careless to puritanical; Gonzaga and Spokane police will turn a blind eye to partying, then suddenly fine a house $2,500 for serving minors. Gonzaga preaches strictness, then practices it at random. Finally, be circumspect in downloading copyrighted material. Gonzaga will not punish you, but several times the feds have intervened in the student network and pursued individual students.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being in the dorm of the opposite sex after 2 a.m.
  • Being underage and intoxicated
  • Downloading copyrighted materials
  • Drinking
  • Having candles and incense sticks in your dorm
  • ID swapping to get into basketball games
  • Parking illegally
  • Pulling fire alarms
  • Vandalizing the dorms or on-campus buildings
Visitation Policies
All overnight guests are limited to one night, must be of the same sex as the host, and be escorted at all times.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics     Based on 49 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 57 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 42% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 54% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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