Campus Strictness

Seattle, WA
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College Junior

Campus Strictness: The strictness hasn't affected me personally.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are fairly lenient in some aspects but very strict in others.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Public safety officers are more interested in enforcing drug and alcohol policies than keeping the student body safe. There have been multiple crimes committed near campus (a couple were even on campus), which the public safety was not able to stop due to their lack of visibility on campus. Instead, they spend all their time sniffing dorm rooms.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If you're doing something you shouldn't being doing in the dorms and being stupid about doing those things, you're going to get caught. Especially living in the dorms, you just have to be smart about drinking or smoking and you won't be caught (go off campus). Public safety does their job well, especially when it comes to actual life-threatening situations. Night-hawk will pick you up and drive you places if you feel unsafe with travel. Seattle University is in the middle of a huge city, there are times that you will feel unsafe, so travel in groups. Seattle University does make it easy to feel safe in such a metropolitan area.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Seattle university has some general rules that are average for a college


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 611st
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 725th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1104th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michael Lis-Sette
Seattle, WA
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Even to students who have been here for a while, it can seem as if the RAs and Public Safety are overbearing and somewhat obsessed with enforcing the rules. Even many of the people who feel this way would agree, however, that this is not because of some sort of power trip but out of a genuine desire to maintain the community and because they do actually care about the people entrusted to them. It can seem like they are everywhere, but there are not actually a huge number of public safety officers or student patrol members, and they tend to respond rapidly when an incident is reported. Even RAs will be lenient about certain things and might only give you a verbal warning and make you pour out your beer if they catch you and your friends during a late night gathering. That, of course, depends on their personality and if this is the first time they have caught you.

However, if you are doing things that are causing problems for others or are endangering them (or yourself), neither the RAs nor Public Safety will tolerate them. Loud music will often earn you a rap of knuckles on the door and a request to turn it down, and repeated alcohol or drug violations will get you sent before the school disciplinary system. But even then the school won’t automatically toss you over to the Seattle PD if it’s your first time or a genuinely minor offense. They can be forgiving, but they certainly aren’t fools, and know when a student is pushing it or trying to take advantage of them. The best way to stay out of trouble is to never break the rules in the first place, but if you decide to just be careful, and be ready to deal with the consequences.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being in a dorm after visiting hours
  • Co-habbing (having a person of the opposite sex sleep in your dorm room)
  • Drinking underage
  • Entering a dorm unescorted
  • Having a mini-fridge or microwave in Campion
  • Noise violation in the dorms
  • Parking without a permit
  • Playing in the fountain after dark
  • Smoking too close to the entrance of buildings
Did You Know?
From the Substance Abuse Policies and Prevention Program Guide: "The university has the right to refer suspected unlawful drug or alcohol-related incidents to appropriate federal, state, or local legal authorities."

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 34 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

  • 10% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 8% 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.
  • 40% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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