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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school tries its hardest

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There is a lot of underage drinking, but not a lot of drugs. You really have to look to find drugs.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want drugs and alcohol, it's there. Alcohol is present at all parties to be honest, and most people drink before they get to the party they plan to attend. So, for students who do not want to be in the presence of alcohol, it would be difficult to go out without seeing it. However, I find that no one pressures anyone to drink when they refuse to. The peer pressure factor at Lafayette is very low. It will be offered, and if refused, it is accepted. As for drugs, they're present. Marijuana use happens, but due to the high athlete population I find that many people do not use drugs of any sort and do not partake in those activities. Study drugs (ADD/ADHD drug) are used during finals week in particular, however they're definitely not the norm for many students.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want to smoke, you will be able to, but not everybody does.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Because it is a college campus, alcohol and other substances are easily found around campus. Marijuana and Alcohol are most prominently seen being consumed. The campus police enforce the law well, but the Good Samaritan policy is also a great way to help a friend in need of medical assistance without repercussions.

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The three days of freshman orientation focus heavily on the College’s policy on underage drinking and drug use. That being said, it is not very difficult to procure alcohol and certain drugs on campus. Alcohol is prevalent, especially on the weekends. Most fraternities and off-campus houses (especially the sports houses) host parties that are typically exclusive, with plenty of beer and other alcohol. Students can ask their upperclassman friends to buy alcohol for them or find other means of procuring it. On the weekends—and during certain times of the year, like Homecoming and Rivalry Week—students can be seen on the quad and on March Field in various states of drunkenness. Public Safety always patrols these events and tries to apprehend underage drinkers, but most get away.

Certain social environments do call for drugs and alcohol more than others. Especially at off-campus houses, drug and alcohol use is almost expected. However, Public Safety has raided these parties on various occasions, and in instances where underage drinking was discovered, they shut down or suspended the aforementioned houses. Many fraternities have been removed from campus specifically because of the drinking culture they promoted, and the College is now considering getting rid of Greek life altogether because of how it is presumed to be detrimental to academic pursuits.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Bailey Health Center, second floor
(610) 330-5005
Alcohol assessment services, individual counseling for students, group counseling, off-campus referrals
Did You Know?
From 2000 to 2011, 59 formal actions were taken against Greek organizations, with alcohol being the leading contributing factor.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 28 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% None
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

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

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 45% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 41% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 14% 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 29 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 59% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 55% Somewhat abundant.
  • 28% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 28 responses

  • 25% 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.
  • 21% 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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