Belmont’s drug policy is incredibly strict. In addition to being a dry campus, the University has also gone tobacco-free. Students who smoke generally go across the street to Bongo Java in between classes to do so. Some students smoke marijuana, but the drug scene doesn’t go far beyond that. Resident assistants search all dorm rooms and apartments once a semester for contraband, including drugs and alcohol, although they can only search what’s in plain sight. Unfortunately, this makes it pretty easy to hide illegal substances if you have them because the RAs aren’t allowed to open drawers or search inside bags.
However, students who are caught with drugs or any type of drug paraphernalia (shot glasses, bongs, etc.) face severe punishment. The residence director and campus security are alerted, and the student usually has to appear before the student justices for violating Belmont’s Community Code of Conduct. Again, alcohol isn’t allowed on campus no matter how old you may be, so students have to seek it out at off-campus parties. Even at parties thrown by students, underage drinkers have been known to come back to campus with black Xs on their hands. Thankfully, Belmont students still know how to have a good time without alcohol or drugs. One student DJ even started throwing “Good Clean Fun” parties on campus in 2010 as an alternative to the bar-hopping scene.