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Drug Safety


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5 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is literally no one on campus who drinks (under age), smokes, or does drugs while they're on campus. There are a small handful I'm sure who do so off-campus. The drug scene is nonexistent.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are not allowed on campus per the Student Handbook, so the presence is limited and discouraged.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is not any use of drugs or alcohol on this campus that I have witnessed. I feel that I am not pressured at all and haven't had, nor wanted, the opportunity to participate in drug or alcohol use.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Never seen anyone high or drunk.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have not seen any use of drugs and alcohol on campus.


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Due to the Declaration of Christian Community (DCC) that all students must sign when attending Northwestern, drug, tobacco, and alcohol use by students is strictly prohibited. While there are a few who choose to break the DCC, for the most part, drugs and alcohol are rarely seen or heard of. The atmosphere created by the absence of these substances is one that is strongly appreciated by students and faculty. It creates a safe environment where drug- and alcohol-related problems are avoided.

Due to the Christian culture at NWC, it is unlikely that there would be much drug or alcohol use—even without the DCC. There really is no “drug scene” at Northwestern, but like any college campus, drugs and alcohol can be found if they are sought out; however, few desire to do so. Likewise, being near the downtown area, there are many bars and clubs, but few Northwestern students ever visit these places. There has never been a heavy party scene at Northwestern, and there likely never will be. While Northwestern is known for having rules that are somewhat strict, students who choose to attend the College appreciate the benefits that come along with the rules and generally do not have a hard time adhering to them.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Drug Counseling Programs
Aureus, Inc.
325 Cedar St.
St. Paul
(651) 209-7670
For more information, visit www.aureusinc.com.
Did You Know?
The use of alcohol and drugs can get you put on probation.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 30 responses

  • 71% None
  • 9% Alcohol
  • 6% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 3% Heroin
  • 3% Marijuana
  • 3% Methamphetamine
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 31 responses

  • 77% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 19% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 61% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 32% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 31 responses

  • 90% Very limited.
  • 6% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Somewhat abundant.
  • 3% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 31 responses

  • 97% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 0% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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