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Drug Safety


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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I have not personally seen anyone high or drunk around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug use is prevalent, but mostly people who partake in vaping. Alcohol is used, but not especially widely and peer pressure affects almost none of it. You have to search it out/be friends with those to get involved.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug and alcohol visibility is large but it is not large enough to be a nuisance. The peer pressure to use drugs and alcohol is not present near the apartments because most keep to themselves, but in communities such as the dorms, the pressure is there. The policy against drugs and alcohol is strictly enforced for freshman dorms, but for people who live in the apartments its very relaxed.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I have not seen issues related to drugs arise on campus, in my time there.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People smoke weed and some students do adderall but that is about it


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It’s not unusual to ask a UTD student about drug and alcohol use on campus and receive an “I don’t know” answer. Drugs are not visible at all on campus, and students can live a perfectly normal college life without sipping a drop of alcohol. Now and then, there are stories about “a guy I know” who uses marijuana or about a good party that gets everyone hungover, but it usually stops there. There’s no real incentive or pressure to drink or use drugs, and very few serious drug-related incidents are reported. Many students take a hard stance against underage drinking and drug use. Even those who drink understand the risks and limit their consumption. “Messed-up” alcoholics and drug addicts are indeed a rare species.

Students often attribute drug rarity to the large population of international students and nerds on campus. This is true for the most part, but the University’s authority also plays a significant role in ensuring drug safety. From the first day of Welcome Week, freshmen learn that drug use and underage drinking are not tolerated, and strict penalties await violators. Peer advisers (equivalent of resident advisers) keep a watchful eye over the dormitory drug scene. They are required to report any incidents to a higher authority. If word reaches the police department or the Office of Dean of Students, some sort of penalties will most definitely ensue.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
  • Prescription painkillers
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Counseling Center
800 W. Campbell Road, SSB45
(972) 883-2575
Alcohol and other drug counseling is available.
Did You Know?
  • UTD authority takes drug consumption seriously. For example, if a student is caught using marijuana, he may be booked, escorted off campus to a police station, strip searched, and temporarily jailed as he awaits any further penalties.
  • Even Greek organizations take precautions when it comes to drugs and alcohol. There's no pressure to consume alcohol, even at parties, and the majority of students refrains from the idea of ever using drugs. Risk management is practiced seriously.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 84 responses

  • 30% None
  • 28% Alcohol
  • 23% Marijuana
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 83 responses

  • 22% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 60% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 6% 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 83 responses

  • 16% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 45% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 4% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 84 responses

  • 37% Very limited.
  • 43% Somewhat limited.
  • 14% Somewhat abundant.
  • 6% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 84 responses

  • 76% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 19% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 5% 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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