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1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Im likely going to transfer after this year because it is so strict. I am living off campus because i simply could not take another year there. No drinking even if your of age, no smoking tobacco on campus, no smoking weed even off campus (its legal in Seattle), no partying, and there is a curfew to how late you can be on another genders floor. I felt like a mix between a little kid and prisoner. Also if you get caught once security will go out of their way to bust you again, and two times and your out. You get suspended for at least a quarter which puts you so far behind and in debt that you might as well drop out and transfer.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Since we are in college I feel like we should be able to come up with our own decisions but a lot of the time they are made for us. Usually you can only miss 3 classes before you fail it. There is a no tolerance policy for drinking or drugs. It is illegal though so it makes sense, just go over to UW if you really have a strong desire.

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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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 46 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 43 responses

  • 40% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 53% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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