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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The UW police aren't looking to get students in trouble for unnecessary things, and are mostly relaxed and understanding.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I haven't faced an issue that would give me an opinion of whether or not the University of Washington is more strict in policy than any other institution, but I assume it's average.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The administration is strict, especially about letting people into dorms.

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I would not rate this campus as being strict.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 464th
    Best Campus Police
  • 799th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1372nd
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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In general, UWPD is fairly reasonable in their law enforcement. At parties, if students keep things under control and don't cause a lot of trouble, the campus police are most likely to leave the party alone. Usually, they only show up if a party disturbs neighbors in any way, if violence occurs, or if the party seems to be snowballing out of control in some other way. UWPD's main priority is to maintain peace around the University District, so safe and smart partiers will be left alone. UWPD tend to frequent the Greek area on prime nights, so be more careful at frat parties and on frat row. Don't walk from one frat party to another with a cup of beer in your hand, don't disturb others or be too loud, and if it seems like a party is getting sketchy, simply leave and go to another one. Also, if the cops show up, find a room and close the door-they can't enter without your permission.

The UWPD is much more strict with parking and driving enforcement than liquor or drug law enforcement. If you leave your car in a campus lot without a permit, it's likely to get ticketed within the first 15 minutes. Many students learn this the hard way. It's also a good idea not to let the speedometer creep above 25 mph-the speed limit on campus is 20-because they are fairly strict about enforcing the limit. In general, again, the UWPD are fairly reasonable. They're not out to get you, and in fact, they'd probably prefer not to have to deal with you. Their main priority is making sure you stay safe and within some reasonable boundaries of the law. If you don't bother them or anybody else, they won't bother you.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Consuming alcohol in public
  • Doing drugs
  • Drinking underage
  • Making too much noise at house and apartment parties
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Parking illegally
  • Running stop signs
  • Speeding
Did You Know?
Vehicles parked on the UW campus can be towed if fines are unpaid, if they have a forged permit, or if the vehicle is obstructing traffic.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 158 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 195 responses

  • 43% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 55% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 1% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 1% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.


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