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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is rarely any drug use that is strongly noticeable at this school. The most popular form of drug use is alcohol use, which usually only occurs heavily on weekends and with upperclassmen. Peer pressure is not particularly strong, and I do not see Cornell as having any particular issues with drug and alcohol visibility or usage.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't a big deal here, but alcohol is. However, most of the alcohol consumption happens off-campus, so unless you go looking for it, you won't see too much of it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The RA's and campus safety are pretty cool about it. Just don't do it in your room. go to one of the parties.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We work hard and play hard

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: It is a college campus so there are going to be those who drink, and maybe do drugs. I would say drinking is more popular that drugs. But what is great is that there is no peer pressure and if you choose to drink or not that does not eliminate or enhance you social life in any way.


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Alcohol is by far the drug of choice at Cornell. Not everybody drinks, but it is definitely a majority of the campus. Drug use is less prevalent. If you aren’t friends with someone who uses drugs, you could make it through your four years without knowing of specific instances of use. However, if you seek, you shall find, and in any combination or quantity you desire. Alcohol is present at most parties on and off campus, but pressure to consume it is harder to come by. Students are, for the most part, respectful of others' boundaries and beliefs.

Violations which are drug related are taken much more seriously by the school, compared to the slap on the wrist of a fine for alcohol-related infractions. Getting caught using drugs of any kind warrants an immediate phone call to the local police, who then deal with the incident based on state and federal law. In addition, sanctions can be brought by Cornell against the student. Consequences for alcohol-related violations are less severe. A student caught drinking underage on a substance-friendly floor or drinking of age on a substance-free floor receives a $25 fine and is usually required to attend an alcohol education class. Drinking underage on a substance-free floor results in a doubled fine in addition to the "make good decisions" class.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
600 First St. W
(319) 895-4292
E-mail counseling@cornellcollege.edu for more information.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 29 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 16% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 43% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 33% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 20% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 21% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 57% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Very limited.
  • 30% Somewhat limited.
  • 26% Somewhat abundant.
  • 41% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 27 responses

  • 41% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 56% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 4% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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