Strictness on campus is pretty moderate, and students can usually find ways to get away with things as long as they use caution. Rules are enforced directly by RAs in campus dorms, the USC Police Department, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Department. The severity of the punishment often depends on who students are dealing with. RAs generally allow more leniency when it comes to drug usage, and most tend not to notice or care as long as it’s done discretely (some, however, may be on a mission to catch students).
Campus police are very strict about drugs and drinking. You can get kicked out of housing, lose your scholarship, or get kicked out of school if the police catch you with drugs. Alcohol is probably the most difficult thing for authorities to monitor, but students do get in trouble for alcohol usage frequently, even though punishment is not as severe as it would be for usage of other drugs such as marijuana or cocaine. The main concern of authorities seems to focus on alcohol usage and making sure that students are safe and that situations do not get out of control. As long as students are not blatantly obvious about drug and alcohol usage, chances are they will not have to worry about getting caught.