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Written by Michael Lis-Sette
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.
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