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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I'm never scared or uncomfortable on campus

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There hasn't been any crime lately on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt particularly threatened and often walk alone on campus. Public Safety is pretty is easy to find and we have call boxes all around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety is good at this school, a student can have a Public safety guard walk with them across campus if they chose so.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are loads of safety measures in place: Public Safety members are very present at all hours of the day, there is a shuttle service that helps students get back to campus at night if they are out, and there are emergency poles with buttons that you can push to get immediate help. However the areas South and East of campus are among the most dangerous areas in Seattle. I had a friend get mugged in broad daylight a few blocks Southeast of campus. But there is usually no reason to go venturing off in these directions (North and West of campus are perfectly safe as long as you stay aware of your surroundings) and if you take the right precautions you will probably stay safe. Sometimes sketchy people make their way onto campus, but Public Safety is good about escorting away people who have no business on campus in a timely manner.

Overall, even though I know it's not a great neighborhood, I feel safe on this campus.

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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 45 responses

  • 26% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% None
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 28 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 45 responses

  • 40% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 51% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 44% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 39% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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