Campus Strictness

Seattle, WA
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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They're strict, but it's about rules that make sense to be strict about.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I really like that alcohol isn't strictly not allowed in thedorms because it makes it easier to stay away from. It does make it hard for the of age people in the apartments

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The only thing that i havge noticed SPU is strict on is drug and alcohol.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school is fairly strict about all of it's policies, however there is also a lot of grace granted.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus has strict rules. It can be good and bad at times. The dry campus rule is great. There shouldn't be drugs or alcohol. Enforcing that rule is effective and necessary. The visitation rules are a little ridiculous. I understand that we are a christian school. But we are all adults and I believe that there shouldn't be any floor hours. There shouldn't be a rule against how late or early you can be on a floor.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 342nd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 490th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 614th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kylie Kenyon
Paso Robles, Calif.
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SPU requires every incoming student to sign an agreement stating they will not drink alcohol, use tobacco products or illicit drugs, or engage in sexual activities. The only exception to this is if you are married—the sex part doesn't apply. However, the drinking and smoking does still apply even if you're legally of age. This policy is called "Lifestyle Expectations," and it is often a phrase uttered with sarcasm or dripping with disdain. There has always been a lot of talk about changing this policy, and it is rumored that it might be modified soon, so that students over the age of 21 will be permitted to drink.

If living on campus, rule-breaking is precarious, and, if caught, the most common penalty is a fine. Depending on the severity and situation, a student might also be required to complete educational courses on substance abuse or, in rare cases, be expelled. Appropriately, like many expectations in life, rules will be broken; don't break them on campus, and you'll be golden. The University isn't out to get anybody, and they seem to prefer blissful ignorance, so just don't flaunt it. Honestly, "Lifestyle Expectations" is kind of considered a joke, even professors will say with a gleam in their eyes something like, ". . .because I know none of you drink or have sex."

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Breaking floor hours
  • Drinking
  • Locking yourself out of your room
  • Sneaking food out of Gwinn
  • Using someone else's shampoo
Visitation Policies
There are specific hours when guys are allowed to be on the girl floors and girls can be on the guy floors. These hours are known as, "floor hours."

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 43 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 40 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 58% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 40% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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