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Drug Safety


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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: People drink. People do drugs (mostly pot). It happens, pretty much exclusively on the weekends, and it's not a big deal. It's not super noticeable, especially if you're not looking for it.

It's a campus full of 18-22 year olds - debauchery occurs but it is pretty much never out of hand and the party scene is mostly low key, especially compared to larger schools.Campus safety is much more concerned with safety than busting people.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's a college. Lots of people drink and and some do drugs. Pot is common, harder drugs are much less common. It's not as big of a deal as some make it out to be. No one cares if you choose not to drink and/or smoke. It's not that visible and you won't see it unless you're looking for it.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: YOu don't have to do alcohol or drugs if you don't want to...no one cares if you don't.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many students drink and smoke pot, but if that isn't for you, there are plenty of other things to do. Nobody is judged based on whether they do these things. If you feel unsafe, campus safety is more here to help you than get you in trouble.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no pressure to do drugs - if you don't actively look for weed or alcohol, then you won't encounter it too much.

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Drugs at Skidmore are certainly present, but mostly if you want them. Aside from drinking alcohol, marijuana is the most popular/common drug around campus—smoking is certainly not limited to the weekends at Skidmore. Skidmore has had a "stoner school" reputation, and it warrants that reputation to an extent; however, if you do not want to smoke pot, you're not forced to by any means, but you will certainly be around it to some extent (factors include: the friends you choose, the neighbors you have in your dorms/apartments, and the weekend activities you attend). Other recreational drugs on campus include cocaine, shrooms, and ecstasy. Some students also choose to take Adderall or other "study drugs." All of these drugs are less apparent on campus, but they are certainly present if you want them. Drinking is most common on campus on the weekends (Thursday through Saturday), and is probably the most popular form of partying on campus.  

Campus Safety and the administration are not blind to the drug use and drinking on campus, but they are not necessarily looking for it, either. The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) policy was recently revised to make it a cumulative point system (you gather points for certain offenses throughout your four years; if you rack up enough points, you will be suspended). However, the only way Campus Safety will really get you in trouble is if you are being extremely obvious in either drinking/parties (loud talking, music, noise complaints) or smoking (smell).  

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Jonsson Tower, first floor
Saratoga Springs
(518) 580-5555
Individual counseling is available, in addition to referrals.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 36 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 37% Marijuana
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% None
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

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

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 25% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 50% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% 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.
  • 3% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 61% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 31% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 37 responses

  • 5% Very limited.
  • 11% Somewhat limited.
  • 70% Somewhat abundant.
  • 14% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 36 responses

  • 25% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 67% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 8% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.


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