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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Some people get a little too caught up in the party aspect of school, but as long as you manage yourself properly there is no reason why you can't be an A student.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: On campus, there are very few drugs. If the RA's or the police hear that there are some in a building or a floor of a dorm, they will go searching for it. If they don't find anything, they'll keep a watchful eye out to catch people. Therefore, there aren't really any drugs on campus at all. Off campus is a different thing. That's where the parties are, and as I'm not really into parties I wouldn't know what goes on at them. The campus is also a dry campus so any alcohol is prohibited.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: My school is very strict on drug use.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We have the reputation of being a party school, but we've cleaned up a lot since 2010. The campus is 'dry' which means you can't bring alcohol onto campus either in a bottle or inside you. Of course people still are able to walk through campus intoxicated, but it's a bit more strict in the dorms (depending on which dorm you get). The greek life has a lot of drinking events for students to go as well, but there are loads of things to do if the drinking scene isn't for you (like me).

3 College Freshman

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Every college is going to have a drug scene—unfortunately, there is no avoiding that—and Radford University is no exception, but it's nothing overwhelming. Drugs can be found if a student decides to go looking, but the University has very strict consequences for drug possession, so it is not prevalent on campus. Some students use illegal substances or take prescription drugs for non-medical reasons, and, of course, many abuse alcohol, but these students are often caught, and as the majority are habitual offenders, they do not tend to last long in the University.

Radford requires that students go through an alcohol or drug abuse program after their first transgression, as well as remain on probation for the remainder of the semester. If a student is caught with drugs or alcohol off campus, they are still charged with the violation as if they were on campus. The University and the Radford police department have an agreement that all off-campus charges are to be sent to the University. This policy has helped cut down on drug and alcohol abuse in the surrounding area. Radford University maintains a three-strike policy, where alcohol violations each count as one strike and drug violations count as two. After the third strike, the student is asked to leave the University.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Counseling Services
Tyler Hall, Lower Level, Box 7023
(540) 831-5226
Referrals and educational programming

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 54 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 56 responses

  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 34% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 43% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 20% 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 58 responses

  • 12% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 12% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 28% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 34% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 57 responses

  • 4% Very limited.
  • 26% Somewhat limited.
  • 44% Somewhat abundant.
  • 26% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 56 responses

  • 36% 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.
  • 16% 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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