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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I am aware that some people use alcohol and drugs more so in certain dorms than in others. Westmo is known for weekly visits from the ambulance for alcohol poisoning.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: This is very personal choice students make when they attend college. Drinking will always be an issue on any college campus; but it is an individual choice as to how you use and react towards it. UMW does a lot to try to prevent underage consumption, but students will always find a way to beat the system. You can choose to be apart of whichever crowd you want to be-- drinking or non-drinking.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: For young adults, I think we're pretty chill about it.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Police keep a tight grip on house parties and RA's keep a tab more on noise complaints than Alcohol/Drugs.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I do my own thing and I really don't care.


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Mary Washington prides itself in being a drug-free zone, and its strict policies enforce that. The school takes drugs very seriously, and there are serious consequences from campus police if you are caught smoking a puff or are even suspected of being high. Although the school just removed its one-strike policy in the fall of 2011, students know it's still very risky to smoke on campus. Anyone who is looking to smoke weed tends to do it in more private settings to avoid any trouble. Heavier drugs, such as cocaine and ecstasy, aren’t entirely unheard of, but they are on the "down-low" and aren’t as popular on campus.

In short, the most serious it gets when it comes to drugs at the University is popping an unprescribed Adderall pill to study for an exam or smoking weed. Drinking is more tolerated, even in the dorms, and goes by unnoticed, unless the noise is very noticeable. There is little to no peer pressure to smoke or drink at the University. Drinking and drugs are more of an option at Mary Washington rather than a mandatory way to fit in, and no one tends to look down on you if you choose not to engage in these things.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS)
Lee Hall, Room 106
(540) 654-1053
Individual counseling and crisis intervention are available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 48 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 9% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 4% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 3% None
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 48 responses

  • 10% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 48% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% 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 49 responses

  • 12% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 14% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 41% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 31% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 49 responses

  • 12% Very limited.
  • 45% Somewhat limited.
  • 35% Somewhat abundant.
  • 8% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 48 responses

  • 46% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 42% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 6% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 6% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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