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Drug Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Pretty good, relatively speaking, but certainly not amazing. Most colleges have worse issues with drugs and alcohol than U of R. Alcohol consumption is mostly contained within Greek housing and anybody outside Greek life can join in. Underage drinking... literally nothing is done about it, period. I have heard the same from friends at several universities though. Most students (a student run presentation said 60%, I think it's higher) drink maybe every week or two at least. Personally I choose not to drink, and nobody will ostracise you for being a teetotaler like myself. Pot is also there for those who want it, although campus security actually does seem to give a crap about it unlike alcohol. I heard of at least two incidents of campus security cracking down on pot on campus last year. Anything other than pot and alcohol is rarely heard of on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are clearly present on campus but if you do not want to partake in drug use, no one pressures you to do it.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Only certain types of people use drugs. Greek life does sometimes and same with some sports teams. Most people just smoke weed and drink while those who do drugs do all kinds of them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: People generally do what they want and you don't feel pressure if you aren't interested in partaking.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Not super visible from what I can tell and I haven't experienced any peer pressure to use drugs. I have heard it talked about from time to time. I haven't seen alcohol on campus.


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Drug use flies under the radar at UR, for the most part. People will smoke, and some do often, but students aren't constantly bombarded with its presence. You might have a neighbor who is into some extracurricular illegal activities, but for students that are not at all in the drug scene, it can be easily avoided. Marijuana is the drug of choice for UR, similar to most colleges. There is harder drug use, but this is even less prevalent.

Occasionally, drug use will become apparent; for example, when people smoke openly on 4/20 on the main quad, but that is the most obvious example of drug use on campus and not the norm. Security does enforce the policies, and if students are caught, it is dealt with accordingly. Certain people have reputations in terms of drug use, but people go about their business and generally are left to do their own thing. Each person recognizes that the other is old enough to make their own decisions about their choice of lifestyle, and as a result, people hang out with those similar to them, and it's no big deal.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
University Counseling Center
(585) 275-2361
Mental health, single/group therapy, substance abuse counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 71 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Heroin
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 73 responses

  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 32% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 56% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 8% 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 73 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 58% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 19% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 71 responses

  • 6% Very limited.
  • 18% Somewhat limited.
  • 59% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 73 responses

  • 37% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 51% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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