Health & Safety

Seattle, WA
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Of course seattle is full of crime but on campus in particular I feel fairly safe.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety does its job relatively well, I don't have much to complain about. Also, the SPD is ready and willing intervene in any emergencies.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Seattle University is in the middle of downtown so it's a little sketch. But with the Seattle Police Department nearby, they are easily accessible and there. Any time there is a situation, we are emailed immediately about it so we know what's going on.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have a great public safety unit at SU, which is like our little private police. They look a little silly on segways, but they can also get around campus pretty fast without breaking a sweat. I have never felt unsafe on our campus.

The nighthawk is also extremely awesome. It is basically a personal taxi service that runs from 6pm-2am. They will take you from campus to, or drive you to campus anywhere in an 8 block radius of school. It is a pretty efficient system, even when it is busy on the weekends.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Get in for your flu shot early to avoid a wait. Staff is helpful and usually quick to take care of you.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 328th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 731st
    Safest Campuses
  • 1208th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michael Lis-Sette
Seattle, WA
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Crime is present on the campus of Seattle University, but not to any significant extent. There have been occasional muggings and incidences of theft (don’t leave your dorm door unlocked or something sitting in a lounge), but generally the campus itself is safe. Public Safety actively patrols the campus, and has introduced a network of emergency phones that enable students to rapidly report when they have been a victim of a crime or might not feel safe at that moment. And with the wireless warning system, if a major security event were to occur, notification can occur rapidly.

The neighborhood off campus is a bit sketchier. There are places you would not want to walk through alone at night, and there has been a rise in incidents of anti-gay violence in Capitol Hill in recent months. Gang-related crimes have also been on the rise in Seattle, and the handling of them has been a source of criticism toward the mayor. However, it is certainly not an epidemic, and should not prevent you from coming to Seattle U.

For those who are going off campus Public Safety offers the Nighthawk Shuttle program and the 24-hour two-block foot escorts, and they are not that restrictive about who goes into a dorm. Though you need a campus ID card to get in and use the elevator, most students will readily card you in and up. The RAs are a diverse lot, with some enforcing every campus regulation all the time and many others willing to ignore certain things like underage drinking, as long as those who do so are safe on campus. The concern all around is for safety, and if the RAs or Public Safety catch you doing something dangerous or stupid they will report you; otherwise, they can let certain things slide.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 7
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Department of Public Safety and Transportation
901 12th Ave, P.O. Box 222000 Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 296-5990 emergency: (206) 296-5911
Safety Services
  • 24 hour Life Safety Equipment Checks
  • Blue Light Phones
  • Certified First Aid & CPR Training
  • CPR w/ AED & First Aid Response
  • Crime Prevention Information and Programming
  • Crime Statistics Information & Required Reporting
  • Criminal Incident Reporting and Investigation
  • Escort Services
  • Fire/Security Alarm Programming & Response
  • General After Hours Access Assistance to the Campus Community 24 Hr. Campus Emergency Line
  • Lost & Found Service
  • Night Hawk Shuttle
  • Personal Property Identification
  • Work Place Accident Investigation
Health Center
Student Health Center
1111 East Columbia St. #107 Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 296-6300
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots (students provide serum)
  • Consultations
  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses (colds, flu, headaches)
  • Eating disorder management
  • General physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services (blood tests)
  • Management of chronic medical problems (diabetes, high blood pressure, ulcers, arthritis)
  • Medication management for depression
  • Referrals
  • Self-help materials
  • STD and pregnancy testing
  • Treatment of injuries (cuts, sprains, splinters, sports injuries)
  • Treatment of skin problems (acne, warts, fungal infections)
  • Wellness information including individual and group consultation
  • Women's annual exams
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • University security policies include a "blue light" security phone system that automatically connect callers to Campus Public Safety, and a "wireless" emergency alert system that includes messages about possible security issues via text messages, emails, and more.
  • Seattle's own former Police Chief, Gil Kerlikowske, has been selected to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy by President Barack Obama.
  • Despite a statistical drop in overall crime rates, Seattle has recently seen a rise in gang violence, including juvenile gang activity, that has been difficult to combat.
  • Capitol Hill in particular has seen a recent spike in anti-gay hate crimes, including a threat to spike drinks at 11 gay bars with Ricin soon after the start of 2009; no arrests have yet been made in the case.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 34 responses

  • 29% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 14% None
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 61% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 9% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 48% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 39% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 15% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 41% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 44% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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