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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a real choose-for-yourself vibe here. I have never experienced peer pressure to drink or do drugs, and it is definitely possible to have great fun on weekends without using substances. Because of the honor code, the campus administration is very lenient regarding alcohol use. Campus Safety is always there to call when a situation may be getting out of hand, and it is their goal to protect people, not to be punitive.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Students at Haverford like to experiment and have a good time. That being said, it is also a welcoming community full of dedicated students, so drugs and alcohol are lower priorities for most. The school is very good about protecting students from law enforcement, and will break up a party before the law gets involved.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Student run alcohol policy so it is not against the rules for underage students to partake, making safety the number one concern because people do not drink in private.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The RA equivalent practically provides alcohol to the freshmen. As a freshman alcohol is pretty much inescapable, people are not ordinarily pressured but it depends on your hall. The policy is super lenient and ill enforced.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Although there may be drinking, it is still very safe. Everyone looks out for everyone and if there is an emergency students feel safe to call Campus Safety.

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The drug scene at Haverford is small and not very serious. There is certainly some recreational pot use, but it's actually less prevalent than at your average suburban high school. In fact, most of the people who smoke pot bring it back from their home town after breaks. Sure, students here are aware that it exists and know that pot is easy to obtain, but the pot-smoking scene is so small and low-key that some students aren't even concerned by it. More controversial, hardcore drugs exist on campus, too, but these more potent drugs are virtually nonexistent. About half of all Haverford students choose to drink, and only about a quarter do any serious drinking. Overall, it's a pretty low-key college and free from many of the pressures found at other schools.

On the Haverford College Students' Council homepage (www.students.haverford.edu/sc), there are links to several different policies and guidelines for acceptable behavior of Haverford students. According to Haverford's Alcohol Policy, the College expects all students "to make clear that they are speaking and acting as individuals and not for the College or its student body" in the things that they choose to do. All of this goes to say that yes, while the drug and alcohol scenes (however small) exist on campus, the College trusts its students to be responsible enough to handle themselves. In other words, it's on you. Perhaps that's why the drug scene is how it is. With an administration that trusts students to be adults and refrains from constant policing, there's no real desire to be a rebel.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Services
(610) 896-1089
Alcohol and drug use information and counseling, specialist referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 13 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 9% Cocaine
  • 6% Ecstasy
  • 6% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% None
  • 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 14 responses

  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 14% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 57% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 21% 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 13 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 15% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 77% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 8% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 15% Somewhat limited.
  • 38% Somewhat abundant.
  • 46% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 13 responses

  • 38% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 46% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 15% 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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