While certain drugs are a part of Colgate’s night scene, they are far less pervasive than the drinking culture and tend to be far less overt. Marijuana follows behind alcohol as the substance of choice among Colgate students, although those actively looking for harder drugs are typically able to find what they are seeking. With that being said, harder drugs are far less visible on campus and are used considerably less often. Overall, if students take part in Colgate’s drug scene, they do it behind closed doors and in the shadows. While there is a presence of alcohol and other substances on campus, there is no pressure to take part in either, and the University has an anti-hazing policy that it actively enforces. Increasing in popularity is prescription study drugs, which though used by a small portion of the population, are far more accessible than most other drugs.
With the exception of a DWI charge, which results in a minimum semester suspension, the University seems to take a harsher stance on drug violations than alcohol violations under the new points system which was adopted in 2011. There is still some question as to how actively it will be enforced in the future, but it does mark a serious improvement over the ambiguity of the previous disciplinary system.