El Paso, a neighboring city to a violent drug war in Juarez, does not necessarily have a big drug scene. Both cities are different drifts: grey skies in Juarez and blue skies in El Paso. El Paso has been ranked as the second safest city in the nation by many sources, trailing only Honolulu for the lowest crime rate of a city with more than 500,000 people.
Students do not face any pressure from classmates or friends to engage in drug activity. The atmosphere is respectable and does not encourage students to get involved in drugs or bad behavior. Students are focused on achieving goals and helping other students with their studies; straying from the path is not in the picture, and students will always put their education first. UTEP has no tolerance for drug use on campus. Students caught with illegal drugs will be suspended. Violations against school policy are immediately dealt with by either the campus police or the El Paso Police Department.