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Drug Safety


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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: With the satellite campus, there is generally no evidence of a drug scene

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Mercer is a dry campus--seriously. But drinking, unfortunately, still does happen (on /and/ off campus, of course). However, smoking is allowed on campus to both students and faculty...and students can smoke week right on campus and get away with it all the time. Even in the Freshman dorm rooms. Yeah.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Mercer is a dry campus and drinking is not tolerated.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Mercer has a no tolerance policy. It is a dry campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: People do drugs but all people at schools do drugs.


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Mercer currently has a “dry campus” policy, meaning alcohol and drugs are not allowed on campus. However, the title “dry campus” causes much derision among students because it is quite obviously not dry. Drinking occurs in rooms and apartments, and even more predominately on Greek row (especially on weekends). However, while alcohol use is visible if specifically sought out, it is generally concealed due to the consequences of being caught with it. Drug use is minimal and much less universally acceptable than alcohol.

Most liquor and drug violations are met with disciplinary sanctions. The punishments can include nearly anything: a warning, probation, suspension, expulsion, or even referral to the police. Usually, the consequence for a drug-related violation is suspension or termination of enrollment. Yet, for the most part, the vast majority of students maintain a certain cautiousness regarding their use of alcohol and drugs on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Behind Mary Erin Porter residence hall complex
(478) 301-2862
Assessments, consultations for concerned friends, individual counseling, referrals
Drug Counseling Programs
GPA of Macon
6132 Hawkinsville Rd.
(478) 788-0066
Detox, outpatient substance abuse treatment, women's program

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 61 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 27% Marijuana
  • 16% None
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 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 61 responses

  • 23% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 59% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 13% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 5% 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 62 responses

  • 13% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 21% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 27% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 35% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 61 responses

  • 26% Very limited.
  • 31% Somewhat limited.
  • 34% Somewhat abundant.
  • 8% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 61 responses

  • 59% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 36% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 3% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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