The drug scene at UB is much like the student club scene. While it's easy to ignore if you don't want to get involved, there are plenty of opportunities for the enterprising student. Smoking pot in the dorms is common but risky because students can get community service hours from the student judiciary. The drug scene is more visible off campus. The majority of students don't try anything more serious than pot, but nobody has any illusions that more serious abuses don't happen behind closed doors. In recent years, ecstasy (or "E") has become popular at parties and clubs. Some students use `shrooms, and there are plenty of rumors about cocaine use.
Partly due to traffic in potent Canadian pot, the city of Buffalo is an infamous transfer point in the international drug trade. As a result, though it exists almost completely below the radar of the campus culture, UB has a bizarre drug-trafficking underworld that only surfaces once or twice a semester when students hear of an armed robbery or kidnapping on campus. These incidents are extremely rare, however. While caffeine abuse plagues many colleges, it is not much of a factor at UB, partly because there are fewer academic pressures. But alcohol flows like Niagara Falls. The good news is that the school's diversity indicates that it's not the least bit difficult for a straight-edge student to find other people who want to have fun without getting wasted.