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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's there, but the students are smart about using it

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Drug Safety: We have a great good Samaritan policy which encourages people to be safe and responsible.

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Drug Safety: You can still have a good time at Lafayette whether not you choose to get involved in partying.

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Drug Safety: Very little drug abuse on campus if any.

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Drug Safety: The Good Samaritan policy really changes the atmosphere towards alcohol. It's great that people feel comfortable reporting problems with alcohol poisoning, but it almost makes binge drinking acceptable.

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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 35 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% None
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 47% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 42% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 11% 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 36 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 8% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 58% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 33% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 58% Somewhat abundant.
  • 22% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 35 responses

  • 31% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 43% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 20% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 6% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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