As a state university, New Paltz has to be a bit stricter than proximate private schools when it comes to drug policy (we're looking at you, Vassar and Bard...). The administration recently adopted a two-strike approach to dealing with marijuana on campus. If you are caught once in possession of marijuana, you have to meet with the dean and are put on probation. But the second time you're caught, that's it—you are expelled for good. This "No Second Chance Policy," as it's called, has been met with some opposition. The Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) organization is active on the New Paltz campus, holding weekly meetings in the Student Union Building. While the NP administration may be strict on weed, it's relatively lax when it comes to alcohol. Students 21-and-up can have alcohol in their rooms or suites. If a minor is caught drinking, the beverage is usually just confiscated, and the kid is given a warning. Second- and third-time offenses can lead to being kicked out of the dorms and, sometimes, suspension.
Campus police are ubiquitous, which is great for campus safety but not so great for students behaving badly. Think twice before deciding to smoke pot on the quad or stumbling across campus sipping Jack Daniels because you will end up with a court summons. Luckily, off-campus housing provides a respite from the scrutiny of campus police and the NP administration, so most partying happens there.