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.