Policies and Procedures

Assuring that SPU complies with state and federal regulations is important to our students and our community. Here are several policies and regulations you should know about.

Student Handbook

Whether you’re in or out of the classroom, Seattle Pacific is a place to explore, develop, and engage. And over the years, we’ve put together a handbook that provides guidelines to help us live out our unique community values. It’s an essential tool in our life together.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the rights of parents of dependent students, and students who are attending or have attended the University.

For a complete explanation of how FERPA protects you, visit SPU’s Office of the Registrar website.

For additional information about FERPA, including frequently asked questions, scope of the legislation, and links, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) protects the privacy of your medical records. At SPU, HIPAA covers the Health Center in Watson Hall, as well as several other offices that may need to deal with your records (such as the Finance Office for billing).

Privacy Officer
Seattle Pacific University Health Center
3307 Third Ave. West, Suite 110
Seattle, WA 98119-1922
Phone: 206-281-2583
Email: privacyofficer@spu.edu

Complaint Officer
Dean’s Office
School of Health Sciences
3307 Third Ave. West, suite 110
Seattle, WA 98119-1922
Phone: 206-281-2583
Email: complaintofficer@spu.edu

Drug-Free Schools and Communities

SPU is subject to the requirements of the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. We strongly support each act and consistently ensure compliance with them. We also annually distribute information regarding the restrictions and consequences of violations of each act.

Find out more about the act.

Crime Statistics

We report crime statistics to give a fuller picture of campus security. More information about crime statistics.

Also: Learn more about emergency procedures (including drills, personal or medical emergencies, campus lockdown policies, and what to do in case of an earthquake), resolving discrimination complaints, and community standards in the SPU Student Handbook.

Complete List of Policies

Have a question about Academic Advising? Veteran’s Benefits? Academic Honors?  Or ...? The Undergraduate Catalog has the answer.