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While I know there is a drug scene at Colgate, especially with alcohol and weed (and some other substance use), I think it is less than most people think. I have never had a friend who used anything other than alcohol or weed on campus, and none of my friends have used any drugs to aid focus. However, I know that some people do use those drugs. I disagree that "students do out on a daily basis most likely 4 nights a week." I do not recall the exact statistic from the campus climate life survey, but I believe that most of my upper-class year friends go out fewer than 4 times per week. Again, there are people who do go out 4 times (and 5, 6, and 7 times) per week, but I would not say that we go out 4 nights a week. And, for that matter, many people have different definitions of what it means to "go out" in the first place.
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Written by David Esber
While certain drugs are a part of Colgate’s night scene, they are far less pervasive than the drinking culture and tend to be far less overt. Marijuana follows behind alcohol as the substance of choice among Colgate students, although those actively looking for harder drugs are typically able to find what they are seeking. With that being said, harder drugs are far less visible on campus and are used considerably less often. Overall, if students take part in Colgate’s drug scene, they do it behind closed doors and in the shadows. While there is a presence of alcohol and other substances on campus, there is no pressure to take part in either, and the University has an anti-hazing policy that it actively enforces. Increasing in popularity is prescription study drugs, which though used by a small portion of the population, are far more accessible than most other drugs.
With the exception of a DWI charge, which results in a minimum semester suspension, the University seems to take a harsher stance on drug violations than alcohol violations under the new points system which was adopted in 2011. There is still some question as to how actively it will be enforced in the future, but it does mark a serious improvement over the ambiguity of the previous disciplinary system.
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