Drug Safety

Harrisonburg, VA
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$17,932 ($4,642)
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't had that much exposure to students using drugs on camputs to answer this well.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Weekends you can definitely tell there's a lot of drinking but you can choose not to be a part of it because there are definitely other things to do. The drug scene isn't super noticeable

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: This is an alcohol free campus, so, when the RAs do their rounds and find alcohol paraphernalia or find you drunk, they write up students. Depending on how you are written up depends on the punishment. If you are caught straight up drinking alcohol or with a can/bottle/cup in your hand with alcohol in it that will most likely be a strike from Judicial Review and after 3 strikes you're out! However, if you are in a room that has an empty beer can on the floor and no one claims it everyone is written up and the first time they are all sent to Round Table which basically just talks to students about having other options other than drinking. I don't know the punishment for weed because I have never encountered anyone who got in trouble for weed, but I would assume it was just as bad, if not worse than the alcohol consumption. Availability of alcohol is limited to under age students because there of course isn't anywhere on campus for students to get alcohol which means they would have to find someone 21 or up and ask them to make a run to the ABC store or take them, and the closest ABC store REALLY checks IDs because they know a college full of underage drinkers is fairly close by.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: JMU drinks a lot. There is not a huge hard drug scene, though a lot of students smoke weed. The drug of choice is alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You will definitely get in trouble if RAs see it but otherwise be careful and you're fine.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 34th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1217th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1265th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1285th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1300th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
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Occasionally, you will see people smoking marijuana at parties and social gatherings, but the drug students turn to the most is alcohol. Many students seem to have the notion that alcohol is a legalized drug and that, therefore, they are above the influence. There's a palpable sense of invincibility that runs through each student, which many times leads to extreme partying. It’s not uncommon to see at least ten kids in one night puking and/or blacking out due to this delusion.

Because of the lack of nightlife at JMU, a large number of students resort to taking part in the drug and party scene. Marijuana is used, but on a smaller scale. Hard drugs are used, but depending on the person, it can be blatant or hush-hush. At times, the drunk bus can be home to drug usage and alcohol stored in water bottles. JMU turns up the intensity on drug safety in general education health classes (G100). Within these classes, kids learn of the risks of taking drugs and how they can avoid falling into that lifestyle in college. JMU police enforce drug safety, and students receive a good base of knowledge regarding marijuana and their future at JMU.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling & Student Development Center
Varner House, MSC 0801
(540) 568-6552
Substance abuse consultation, education, screening, assement, referrals, and individual and group counseling
Drug Counseling Programs
Harisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board
1241 N. Main St.
(540) 434-1941
Mental health 24-hour emergency services, substance abuse treatment, prevention, education, and consultation
Drug Counseling Programs
L.I.F.E. Recovery Program
Rockingham Memorial Hospital
(540) 564-5629
Outpatient substance abuse treatment, evaluation and assessment for chemical dependency, individual counseling, ACOA
Drug Counseling Programs
Substance Abuse Prevention Office
Montpelier Hall, 5th Floor
(540) 568-3317
Alcohol and drug peer-education programs, educational brochures, and health screenings

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 83 responses

  • 42% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 21% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% None
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 83 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 13% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 40% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 41% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 83 responses

  • 35% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 2% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 83 responses

  • 29% Practically unlimited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 16% Somewhat limited.
  • 7% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 83 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 19% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 51% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 28% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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