Drugs and alcohol are a noticeable part of campus. They are seen through people's marijuana-adorned clothing and posters, drug paraphernalia, and general drunk people roaming about on weekend nights. Public Safety doesn't shy away from this fact, either. During orientation weekend, they pull out a six-foot bong they confiscated from a student's room, and people take pictures with it. Although drinking and smoking are prevalent on campus, as at most colleges, there is no pressure to participate at Champlain. You never have to do it to fit in, even when you always hang out with people who choose to do it.
Penalties for getting caught drinking (under or of age) or doing drugs on campus are pretty harsh, even for a first offense. There is commonly a $50 fine, and offenders are required to attend drug and alcohol courses. Even people guilty by association have to go through the courses and pay the fine. The punishment is determined by the resident assistant's direct boss, an assistant director of Res Life (AD), in the area where the residence hall is located. These violations are usually taken seriously the first time, to prevent repeat occurrences. If residents are documented for violating policy four or five times, they can be put on housing probation for the next semester. Sometimes students can be removed from their current housing and put in a different residence hall, too.