Drug Safety

Cambridge, MA
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3 College Student

Drug Safety: Not too bad. Marijuana and weed is about it

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College Freshman

Drug Safety: not many people partake in drugs at my school, alcohol is not allowed in dorms but are sometimes snuck in.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: You don't really notice it very often because everyone goes off campus to party!

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The only drug use I have physically witnessed is marijuana. All other forms of drug abuse do not take place on campus often and if they do, it is very private.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Lesley is growing, and is quite visible and pervasive.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 488th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 830th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 838th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 849th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1255th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roxanne Griffith
Amesbury, MA
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
Grad Year
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As with pretty much any college or university, there is drug and alcohol use at Lesley. However, compared to many schools, alcohol consumption is relatively low, with many students choosing not to drink at all. The local bars and liquor stores are very strict when it comes to checking IDs, and unless someone of legal age purchases it for you, alcohol is pretty much impossible to get if you are under 21. Also, Lesley doesn't have any fraternities or sororities, so on-campus partying is limited to in-dorm get-togethers, which tend to be small and intimate. Alcohol possession is allowed in most dorms (except those that are substance-free), as long as the possessor is at least 21.

Off-campus parties tend to be larger, and many students venture to nearby colleges to party off campus. While hard drugs, such as cocaine or heroin, are pretty much nonexistent on campus, marijuana use is pretty prevalent. While not used publicly on campus, some students choose to smoke marijuana in their dorm rooms or off campus. In general, there is very little pressure from students to drink or use drugs, and it tends to really be up to each individual student whether or not they choose to participate. While more extreme cases of drug and alcohol use can be punishable by loss of on-campus housing, suspension, or expulsion, most disciplinary action revolves around meeting with the dean and drug/alcohol counseling.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Doble Hall, Third floor
(617) 349-8545
Alcohol/drug information and preventive programming are available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 16 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 26% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% None
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 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 16 responses

  • 6% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 44% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 31% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 47% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 47% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 6% 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 16 responses

  • 19% Practically unlimited.
  • 50% Somewhat abundant.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 12% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 6% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 62% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 31% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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