Drug Safety

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Students at Haverford like to experiment and have a good time. That being said, it is also a welcoming community full of dedicated students, so drugs and alcohol are lower priorities for most. The school is very good about protecting students from law enforcement, and will break up a party before the law gets involved.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Student run alcohol policy so it is not against the rules for underage students to partake, making safety the number one concern because people do not drink in private.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The RA equivalent practically provides alcohol to the freshmen. As a freshman alcohol is pretty much inescapable, people are not ordinarily pressured but it depends on your hall. The policy is super lenient and ill enforced.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Although there may be drinking, it is still very safe. Everyone looks out for everyone and if there is an emergency students feel safe to call Campus Safety.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The college understands that students will have access to alcohol at any college they attend. What makes Haverford special is the complete absence of shots while alone in your room. Because drinking is relatively open and accepted, everyone feels comfortable calling for help if someone is in danger. It is less likely for students to get alcohol poisoning because they aren't taking lots of shots all at once. The administration has a lot of programs that help students understand the dangers of drinking and in general choose to take a preventative rather than punitive approach.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 324th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 476th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 742nd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 861st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 990th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kira E. Jones
Hometown
Moorestown, NJ
Major
Undecided
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The drug scene at Haverford is small and not very serious. There is certainly some recreational pot use, but it's actually less prevalent than at your average suburban high school. In fact, most of the people who smoke pot bring it back from their home town after breaks. Sure, students here are aware that it exists and know that pot is easy to obtain, but the pot-smoking scene is so small and low-key that some students aren't even concerned by it. More controversial, hardcore drugs exist on campus, too, but these more potent drugs are virtually nonexistent. About half of all Haverford students choose to drink, and only about a quarter do any serious drinking. Overall, it's a pretty low-key college and free from many of the pressures found at other schools.

On the Haverford College Students' Council homepage (www.students.haverford.edu/sc), there are links to several different policies and guidelines for acceptable behavior of Haverford students. According to Haverford's Alcohol Policy, the College expects all students "to make clear that they are speaking and acting as individuals and not for the College or its student body" in the things that they choose to do. All of this goes to say that yes, while the drug and alcohol scenes (however small) exist on campus, the College trusts its students to be responsible enough to handle themselves. In other words, it's on you. Perhaps that's why the drug scene is how it is. With an administration that trusts students to be adults and refrains from constant policing, there's no real desire to be a rebel.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
28
Alcohol-Related Arrests
27
Drug-Related Referrals
2
Drug-Related Arrests
2
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Services
(610) 896-1089
Alcohol and drug use information and counseling, specialist referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 11 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 10% Cocaine
  • 7% Ecstasy
  • 7% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 18% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 55% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 18% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 9% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 10% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 70% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% Practically unlimited.
  • 40% Somewhat abundant.
  • 20% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 10% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 40% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 50% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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