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Drug Safety


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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Very little peer pressure, medium visibility of drugs and alcohol

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: This campus is a dry campus, but what is a Friday night without taking shots secretly in your door before going out to a party?

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't really notice drug use/safety but I don't live on campus. It is a metro area so the availability of drugs is a given.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want to take part in it, you can. If you don't want to, you don't have to.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You truly only see the drug/alcohol scene at frat parties. Yeah, people pregame in their dorms, but it i not as excess as people think. As for the drug use, people are smart about it. They go to surrounding areas off campus to handle their business.

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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 101 responses

  • 33% Marijuana
  • 33% Alcohol
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 3% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 102 responses

  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 26% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 51% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 18% 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 102 responses

  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 10% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 39% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 9% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 101 responses

  • 7% Very limited.
  • 26% Somewhat limited.
  • 59% Somewhat abundant.
  • 8% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 101 responses

  • 43% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 40% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 16% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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