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Drug Safety


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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: We have a 2 strike policy. Some think it is unfair, but I think it's acceptable.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The school has a rather strict policy on marijuana. You can get kicked off campus or out of school if you are found with it twice. It remains to be a very popular drug in the community.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: upd is annoying but people usually find a way to smoke

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I do not know much about the drug scene in my school.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: We have a 2 strike policy for marijuana, it is very strict. And alcohol is taken just as seriously.


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SUNY New Paltz garnered its reputation as a "drug school" decades ago and has never been able to fully shed this image. Recreational pot smoking is the norm in some circles, and there always seems to be that kid in your class who looks as though he just hit a bong. On the other side of the classroom (and the drug spectrum), there's the girl who's wired on Adderall, furiously copying down the professor's every word. Some students—though not many—also experiment with psychedelics and MDMA. That being said, most NP students don’t take part in the drug scene; they’re too busy in the library, at the gym, or exploring some weird, new creative outlet—is anyone interested in DJing dubstep?

Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights are drinking nights at New Paltz. Students let off some steam by grabbing a couple of cheap 24 oz. beers at the gas stations in town (Gulf is your best bet if you don’t have a real ID) and then ending up at a house party or their favorite bar. Again, while some students binge drink like it’s their job, most kids seem to party responsibly—no one wants to be a train wreck by the end of the night. And the close proximity of campus to town means that driving is never an issue. All in all, drugs and alcohol are present at SUNY New Paltz if you want them to be, but they by no means consume student life. Many NP kids would rather devote their free time to biking around the Hudson Valley, checking out local music, or catching the latest flick at the movie theater. Whatever works for you—just don’t forget about the paper that's due next week!

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Psychological Counseling Center
1 Hawk Dr.
New Paltz
(845) 257-2920
Among the many services, students can get help with alcohol or substance abuse here.
Did You Know?
A word of caution: Getting caught drinking or smoking pot on campus, whether it be in the dorms or on the quad, can lead to serious academic and legal consequences, including explusion. The NP administration, fully conscious of the school's druggy reputation, has cracked down in recent years in an attempt to dispel damaging rumors. They've adopted a harsh two-strike system by which students are expelled, incontrovertibly, upon a second offense of marijuana possession. Underage students who are caught bringing alcohol onto campus have a bit more wiggle room but could be kicked out of dorms for repeatedly violating policy.

Student Polls

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

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 11% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 9% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 54 responses

  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 17% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 20% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 56% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 6% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 19% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 52% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 54 responses

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 20% Somewhat limited.
  • 52% Somewhat abundant.
  • 26% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 54 responses

  • 24% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 69% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 7% 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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