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Drug Safety


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4 College Student

Drug Safety: I'm not worried about feeling pressured to drink or do drugs. I know students respect each other and won't treat you any differently if you do not do what they do.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: When I toured Ripon I didn't think there would be a lot of drugs, sure I assumed drinking and the more minor drugs were around somewhere, but I thought the drug scene would be easy to avoid if you weren't interested in it. That's not really the case. While I never felt pressured to join the drug scene I can't avoid it either. Its wet campus and so the drinking and drunk people are everywhere on the weekends and impossible to avoid if you walk around on a Friday night. There's a lot more tobacco smokers than I expected, though policy is smoking cannot bee done within 15 feet of the buildings. Hardly anyone actually follows that and I have had to yell at people multiple times to stop smoking under my dorm window. We have a prairie that is often used as the place to smoke weed, which is popular on campus. Since much of the student body is liberal that kind of makes sense but the presence can be annoying if you're not into that kind of thing. Heroine is supposedly also a problem on campus, though I haven't seen evidence of that myself.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There seems to be a lot of drinking, but it almost never seems to get out of hand.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's not very noticeable, though if you know people then it's easily obtainable.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: The staff take their jobs way to seriously and you get a violation too easily even if you are of age.


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There is most definitely drug and alcohol use on campus, but it's relatively under control. Lots of students decide to drink or experiment with drugs, but it usually doesn't get any harder than pot. There isn't a great pressure to partake, either. It is usually left up to the student's own decision. If a student is wavering between trying or abstaining, it is probably a good idea to wait and be sure of one's choice. Just firmly say, "No thank you" or "Not tonight," and people will understand and not give you a hard time.

There are of course penalties and consequences if caught. For first-time offenses, it is usually just a write-up and a deferred fine; that deferred fine and another one on top of that are due upon your second offense. It only increases from there, and after so many offenses, a student can either be removed from the residence halls or removed from the College itself. Lots of people make it through college without any write-ups whatsoever, but some have several under their belt. The first time, it's usually more of a slap on the wrist and a warning. The best rule of thumb is to be smart with your decisions. However, when you choose to partake in either drugs or alcohol, even the smartest and most careful students get written up sometimes. It's just a choice that you have to make and be prepared for any and all consequences. You're an adult now, and at Ripon College, you're expected to act like one.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Bartlett Hall
(920) 748-8141
Individual counseling is available, along with referrals.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 24 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 7% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 4% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Heroin
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 42% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 54% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 58% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 25% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 54% Somewhat abundant.
  • 29% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 23 responses

  • 30% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 61% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 4% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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