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Drug Safety


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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not super noticeable but if you go looking for drugs you will probably be able to find them. Alcohol is more common at parties off campus since the dorms are suppose to be dry.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Pretty lenient, it's a "dry campus", but really you're just advised not be stupid. A lot of kids here seem to have been on a tight leash most of their lives and as soon as they get here go balls to the wall and get transported (by ambulance), but if you're smart and know your limits you should be fine.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't have much experience in this, but one hear stories.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many peopel drink even underraged. The policy is strictly enforced but people still smoke marijuana

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's not huge. You don't really know about it unless you want to know about it.


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Drug use at AU is not prevalent, and those who do choose to engage in drugs do so with discretion. Drugs are not an integral part of students’ lives at AU, but for those that want them, they are available. In order to obtain drugs, however, you need to have certain connections because students are very careful not to use drugs in the public eye. 

Drug use on campus is strictly prohibited. AU has a very strict policy and will confiscate drugs and expel dealers if they are caught. While this has not gotten rid of all drugs on campus, it means that students who aren’t interested will never be exposed to the drug scene. Students at both ends of the drug-use spectrum can live together peacefully without bothering or interfering with each other.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Mary Graydon Center, Room 214
Washington, D.C.
(202) 885-3500
Counseling, workshops, information on drug/alcohol usage, contacts to DC area programs

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 112 responses

  • 33% Marijuana
  • 32% Alcohol
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 3% None
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 112 responses

  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 24% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 54% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 17% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 112 responses

  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 9% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 34% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 12% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 112 responses

  • 7% Very limited.
  • 25% Somewhat limited.
  • 60% Somewhat abundant.
  • 8% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 112 responses

  • 39% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 44% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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