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4 College Junior

Administration: I feel very safe on campus. I don't really know what it's like at other colleges, but here I feel very safe.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Very lenient in some cases

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Overall as long as you don't cause any trouble, or are smart about where you go if you want to drink, there will be no problems, though if you do drink you can't come back drunk, which is pretty stupid, so plan either to sneak in to the dorms or have a place to stay. Be safe and be smart.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: There is definitely a social gap between students here, especially when it comes to those in Greek life and those who aren't. Alcohol use seem to be very normal here, however there are a wide range of students on campus so it is not impossible to find a group of friends with similar values. That being said, the large amount of students attending the university also makes it difficult to meet people in classes or regular settings.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Strict but if you're willing to cooperate, most residential directors or police officers are very nice and easygoing.


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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 288 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 325 responses

  • 48% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 51% 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.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.


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