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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The staff do a lot to prevent sexual assault

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I certainly appreciate the efforts from administration to raise awareness about safety issues, particularly around sexual assault. The system is moving in the right direction, especially thanks to Cheryl Michaels at Safety and Security, as well as her colleagues. It feels a bit forced right now, but I think it will work out better as time goes on.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety and Security are very accommodating and are always there to help when you need it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The safety on campus is great but it is still Seattle.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There was a shooting on campus in 2015, I believe. Luckily, the shooter was disarmed quickly by a student. Since then, security has been addressed in many ways; most notably the need to use student ID cards to open doors to buildings.


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Since Seattle Pacific is located in a fairly quiet, wealthy neighborhood, crime is not a primary concern. The dormitories and on-campus apartments require passage through two separate keyed entry points, just to get onto a floor, and naturally the individual rooms/apartments have their own unique locks. The campus is also small and relatively dense, which is a double-edged sword; the plus is no one will be off in Timbuktu, out of sight or having to walk great distances, but the minus is that safety concerns are not isolated and the entire community is affected by any safety breach. The University also has systems in place to alert students should there be any potential harm. Even if the harm is minor, an e-mail will be sent to all students, informing them of the situation and also how to take precautions to ensure safety. It is also important for students to program their cell phone numbers into the University's system so that if there is a threat on campus, they'll receive text message notification and instruction.

The Office of Safety and Security on campus has cars patrolling the campus and surrounding residential areas 24 hours a day. This means there is also always a dispatcher available to reach by telephone. Because of the lack of suspicious activity, Safety and Security officers are more likely to give students a parking ticket than have a real opportunity to protect them from any real danger. They offer other great services, though. For example, students can call for a ride if they are uncomfortable walking across campus in the dark or if it is very late. This service is also very handy if you should become injured and have to use crutches because they will gladly drive you from class to class and rescue you from having to navigate the hilly terrain.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 5
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Office of Safety & Security
3307 Third Ave. W, Suite 117
(206) 281-2911 emergency; (206) 281-2922 non-emergency
Safety Services
  • Crime log
  • Emergency and Crisis Management Plan
  • Emergency telephones/call boxes
  • Fingerprinting
  • Free self-defense classes
  • Safety escort service
  • SPU Alert: Mass Emergency Notification System
  • Your Right to Know report
Health Center
Seattle Pacific University Health Center
Watson Hall, first floor/353 W. Bertona
(206) 281-2231 (appointment desk)
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Acute illnesses (colds, flu, headaches, urinary tract infections)
  • Allergy shots (students provide serum)
  • Chronic problems (diabetes, asthma)
  • Colorblind testing
  • Drug and alcohol support (smoking cessation)
  • Free equipment rentals (crutches, vaporizers)
  • General physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Injuries (cuts, burns)
  • Lab services
  • Mental health
  • Nebulizer treatments
  • Premarital consultations
  • Referrals
  • Refill prescriptions
  • Suture removal
  • Travel consultations
  • Wellness materials
  • Women's annual exams (pap smears)
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 54 responses

  • 34% None
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Drugs
  • 1% Excessive drinking
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 42 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 30% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 6% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 6% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 59% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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