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Drug Safety


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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Most drinking and drug usage happens in student houses off campus. You will be treated differently by much of the student population if you don't partake.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A fair amount of students use drugs and alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana is legal in Washington, so it is not unusual for students to be using it. Any drug or alcohol use is well disguised, but widely used. This is something that is not unique to SU.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: This is Seattle! There is drinking and usage but that is at most schools.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of kids at SU do drugs. At least most of the kids I know do. The school does a good job at cracking down on kids who so though, often times knocking on doors and busting kids. There isn't a drug problem but it is easy to see that kids are doing drugs here.

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The drug scene is neither pervasive nor nonexistent at Seattle University; its presence is about as thoroughly average as is possible. Drinking in the dorms is relatively common but usually done in such a low-key manner that students under 21 can get away with it. The average RA might not automatically turn you in, as long as you don’t do it right in their face, though that really depends on the type of person they are, so don’t rely on them all feeling the same way. If the school itself finds out, you probably won’t get away without some sort of punishment, though for first offenders it won’t be severe. Drinking is easier to get away with at house parties off campus, but even then it can be difficult to put them together or even attend, as Seattle U is more than willing to intervene if they think something big will happen. And it’s always an interesting experience for those who are intoxicated to simply get back into their dorms without getting into trouble. For those who aren’t interested in going out, an older floor mate or even someone with a fake ID is the usual means by which someone obtains their alcohol.

In terms of totally illegal drugs, marijuana is far and away the most prevalent, but even then the total usage remains small compared to the campus population as a whole. You also won’t find any real pressure by user toward non-users, but it probably would not be too much of a challenge to find someone who can hook you up, if you were careful enough. RAs tend to be far harsher toward pot use than alcohol consumption, but students are able to find ways around campus regulations. The school also tends to come down hard on narcotics use, reserving the right to refer such incidences to the authorities, but they won’t automatically kick you out for your first offense.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Student Center Pavilion, Room 120
(206) 296-6090
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Center
Bellarmine Hall, Room 107
(206) 296-6300
Did You Know?
  • Seattle University is not a dry campus. Students over 21 may consume alcohol in the privacy of their room behind closed doors, provided no one under 21 is present.
  • Recently, Seattle University decided that drivers for the Night Hawk shuttle service will no longer write-up students who call to request them and are intoxicated, even when under 21.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 38 responses

  • 38% Marijuana
  • 37% Alcohol
  • 10% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 5% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 38 responses

  • 11% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 45% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 34% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 11% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 5% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 26% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 26% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 29% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 13% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 37 responses

  • 27% Very limited.
  • 35% Somewhat limited.
  • 30% Somewhat abundant.
  • 8% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 37 responses

  • 38% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 46% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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