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Drug Safety


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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There have been many instances. I guess you have to find your way to those groups. Many students do not use.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The consequences are a little more severe for drinking than they should be.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There isn't any visible drug or alcohol use but if you're looking for it, it is extremely easy to find.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: everyone respects other decisions when it comes to drinking and partying

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is underage drinking at Gustavus but no one would pressure you to do it if you didn't want to. Drug use isn't super common and it usually only exceeds to smoking weed. Tobacco use is uncommon and Gustavus has made a push to make the campus tobacco free. This is still an initiative and has not been put into action.


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Recreational drugs exist at Gustavus, but in order to find them, you have to actively seek them out, and it is a juicy piece of gossip when anyone is picked up for a drug offense other than alcohol. While "hard drugs" have rarely made their presence known, marijuana can be popular, and alcohol is the most commonly abused substance, much like at any college campus across the United States. Though the school is still a "wet campus" (students of age are allowed to have alcohol in their rooms), the College's alcohol policy aims to discourage minors from drinking. However, some students still receive minors (more often off campus than on campus) before they turn 21. Binge drinking is the biggest drug-related problem on campus, with the occasional student becoming far too intoxicated on a weekend night and being sent to detox. Consuming alcohol at Gustavus is widely popular, but those who choose to stay dry are hardly alienated. The College provides "substance-free housing" to even create a community among those who choose not to drink. 

Though students do not have to drink on the weekends to fit in, the majority quickly realizes that alcohol is a part of the community and that some social events involve students consuming alcohol. The College's approach seems more about believing in the maturity among students when using alcohol and believes that those of age should have the right to consume in the privacy of their rooms or apartments. Yet, any student who blows a 0.2 or more on a Breathalyzer test will be sent to the regional detox center because of Gustavus' safe drinking policy. The College also provides (and requires of incoming first-year students) alcohol education programs to help teach students healthy drinking habits. Gustavus' drug and alcohol policy is far from strict, and getting caught by Campus Safety is much preferable than that of the St. Peter Police.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Johnson Student Union, Room 204
St. Peter
(507) 933-7027
Assessments, individual therapy, referrals
Drug Counseling Programs
Office of Alcohol and Drug Education
Campus Center, lower level
St. Peter
(507) 933-7607
Alcohol and drug education, low-risk use and alcohol-free programs, pre-assessments, referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 33 responses

  • 43% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% 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 33 responses

  • 9% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 36% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 18% 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 32 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 3% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 50% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 16% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 32 responses

  • 6% Very limited.
  • 28% Somewhat limited.
  • 56% Somewhat abundant.
  • 9% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 32 responses

  • 34% 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.
  • 9% 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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