Drugs are present at Sam Houston, but use and exposure is very minimal. Whether at a party or just hanging out, drugs—legal and illegal—are seldom visible. One reason drug use may be so low here is because there are so many law enforcement officials in Huntsville, home to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and at SHSU. The single most commonly used drug at SHSU is alcohol, and it is very visible at almost any venue. At any given time, if a student goes out with his/her friends, there will almost certainly be people drinking at this event. Despite the omnipresence of alcohol at social gatherings, there is little to no peer pressure to drink or use drugs because everyone seems to respect people’s choices of using or not using.
And while alcohol is very visible, the restaurants, clubs, bars, and other social hangout places ID students and have very strict underage drinking restrictions. The University also has a low tolerance for underage drinking and drug use. Any student living on campus found with illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia will immediately be evicted from their residence hall and will be subject to suspension from the University by the Dean of Students’ Office. SHSU takes drug use seriously and makes the security of its students the most important priority.