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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Some people drink too much freshman and sophomore year, though you generally learn how to handle yourself by the time you're an upperclassman. I see this as a good thing, because my friends at CMC are now a lot more responsible with alcohol than many of my friends from home who go to schools with more restrictive policies. A lot of people smoke weed, though it's not really an issue (some people don't like the smell, I guess). Some people do harder drugs, though I've never actually seen it, so it's avoidable unless you go out of your way to find it.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's great if you're into those things

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1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You can pretty much do whatever you want. Drink on campus, smoke weed in your dorm room.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most Relaxed Policies of Anywhere – You can get away with pretty much everything. Campus security doesn't care if you have alcohol, some people have carried fifths across campus and no one cares. The "red cup policy" is good to take into consideration though. Just don't drink on dry week (the first week of each year) or they'll get you in huge trouble.

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2 College Senior

Drug Safety: A Lot of Pretentiousness on the School's Part – They try and punish kids when they get too drunk and get alcohol poisoning (which is legal if you are of age, just stupid) but they ignore kids that do drugs because it looks bad on them if they recognize there is a drug problem, which there is. Lots of weed, some cocaine underground, and ecstacy is gaining ground at Scripps College. If you wish to avoid it, there is no pressure whatsover. Walk away.

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CMC has one of the most relaxed substance policies of any school in the 5Cs. Literally, no one gets in trouble for drinking—even if they are underage. Students party in their dorms and outside, in plain sight of campus security, without any worries. There are only two basic policies for drinking at CMC—"the red cup" policy, and know your limits. "Red cup" policy states that anyone can drink a beverage in a red cup, and authority figures won't ask what's in the cup. That said, after several hospitalizations and much talk of redoing the relaxed alcohol policy, the unwritten policy is merely know your limits—if you don't pass out/need your stomach pumped, it's fine. Alcohol is readily available at dorm parties and bigger parties, and it's usually paid for by student government. Most students are accustomed to drinking for free.

The marijuana policy is tricky at CMC—as it is all over California. Some students even have their own medical marijuana cards. Smoking is done inside and outside of dorms, in a relatively discreet fashion. Marijuana is as hard a drug as most students get, and anyone who does anything else does't talk about it. CMCers like to let loose and unwind with various substances, and, for the most part, the administration is OK with it.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
(909) 624-2712
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Services
757 College Way
(909) 621-8222
Emergency care, immunizations, regular appointments, women's health

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 23 responses

  • 37% Marijuana
  • 36% Alcohol
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% None
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 57% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 30% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 9% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 26% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 74% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 0% Somewhat limited.
  • 26% Somewhat abundant.
  • 74% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 52% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 39% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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