Drug Safety

Burlington, VT
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Policy is a completely dry campus, but it really depends on who you have as your RAs. Some have a really strict policy and will report it if there is even a hint of something, where others will try to look the other way if they can. It ends up being luck of the draw depending on your RA. The thing you have to be careful about is that school policy is that your body is a container, so if you are high or drunk, you can be written up, even if you don't have anything illegal/incriminating on you when you are caught.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It seems that most students partake in it, but there is no peer pressure to do so. Everyone is pretty chill.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Champlain is a dry campus. That means even if you're 21 and don't attend Champlain, you're not allowed to have alcohol on Champlain property. Of course, this doesn't stop us. Champlain strictly enforces their drug policy, which from my experience only worsens the matter. I can't count how many times people didn't want to call public safety when they had alcohol poisoning because they didn't want their friends to get in trouble. We have this policy where public safety is not suppose to get you or accomplices in trouble for alerting them about an emergency, but public safety doesn't like to follow this policy. It's relatively easy to get away with consuming drugs though if you're smart about it.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of pot smoking, but not much of anything else. At least you don't feel pressured to smoke, because nobody wants to share.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: No one I socialize with uses drugs. We're a pretty small campus, but I'm really not sure what others are doing.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 326th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 413rd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 689th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1010th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1242nd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

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Kayla M. Hedman
Griswold, CT
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Drugs and alcohol are a noticeable part of campus. They are seen through people's marijuana-adorned clothing and posters, drug paraphernalia, and general drunk people roaming about on weekend nights. Public Safety doesn't shy away from this fact, either. During orientation weekend, they pull out a six-foot bong they confiscated from a student's room, and people take pictures with it. Although drinking and smoking are prevalent on campus, as at most colleges, there is no pressure to participate at Champlain. You never have to do it to fit in, even when you always hang out with people who choose to do it.

Penalties for getting caught drinking (under or of age) or doing drugs on campus are pretty harsh, even for a first offense. There is commonly a $50 fine, and offenders are required to attend drug and alcohol courses. Even people guilty by association have to go through the courses and pay the fine. The punishment is determined by the resident assistant's direct boss, an assistant director of Res Life (AD), in the area where the residence hall is located. These violations are usually taken seriously the first time, to prevent repeat occurrences. If residents are documented for violating policy four or five times, they can be put on housing probation for the next semester. Sometimes students can be removed from their current housing and put in a different residence hall, too.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy/MDMA (Molly)
  • Marijuana
  • Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Skiff Hall, 163 S. Willard St.
(802) 651-5959
Counseling, support group

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 23 responses

  • 38% Marijuana
  • 36% Alcohol
  • 16% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 4% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 26% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 39% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 17% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 13% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 21% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 23 responses

  • 13% Practically unlimited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 22% Somewhat limited.
  • 17% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 48% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 43% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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