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Drug Safety

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have never been in a situation where it has happened, but obviously if you make a stupid mistake and get caught you will get in trouble.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Like any college. You can find all the basics if you really want to. All the premeds do adderall or vyvanse. No biggy. Several pot dealers if you want it. No one really cares what you do drug wise.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Austin College does not have many drug problems. The school periodically has room checks to ensure that illegal drugs are found.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't drink on campus, so I wouldn't really know.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no peer pressure for drug usage.

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Alcohol and drugs are a noticeable part of campus social life. However, no one will force anyone to drink or try any substance. You are not looked down upon if you do not partake, nor are you seen as 'the cool kid' if you do take part. Alcohol is prominent, and students revel in not being very discreet about their drinking habits. Or they are discreet to the faculty and staff, while all the students around them know what is going on. Drugs, however, are another story. Students are much more discreet about their use of these substances, and most limit themselves to marijuana. While most off-campus parties offer a smoking room, people who smoke generally stick to small groups and do so in private. Because AC students party hard and work hard, there is some usage of prescription study drugs like Adderall in order to pull all-nighters for tests and papers. That being said, while AC is filled with partiers, most also are instilled with an overachiever mentality, so this keeps these drugs from becoming too prevalent on campus. 

Drug violations on campus are treated in-house on the first violation. The violator is faced with community service and social probation. After the second violation, students could be turned over to the city police rather than the more lenient campus police and could be kicked out of school. Drug and alcohol paraphernalia is closely monitored as well, especially in dorms. In general, alcohol and underage drinking violations are treated less harshly. The violators will have to have a discussion with their Area Coordinator and will be assigned community service.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
45
Alcohol-Related Arrests
0
Drug-Related Referrals
15
Drug-Related Arrests
0
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
  • Prescription painkillers
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
900 North Grand, Suite 61629
Sherman
(903) 813-2247
Counseling for a variety of issues, including substance abuse.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 30 responses

  • 31% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Methamphetamine
  • 1% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 21% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 48% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 21% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 10% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 3% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 52% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 26% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% Very limited.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 53% Somewhat abundant.
  • 27% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 30 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.
  • 10% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 7% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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