Are there drug users here? Yes. But, are they irresponsible? No. To the extent that it is possible to do so, those who use drugs do so in a responsible manner. Drugs are considered a personal experience rather than a social obligation, and peer pressure is definitely frowned upon. A "live and let live" attitude is pervasive amongst students, as long as one is not putting himself or others in danger. There is a vast amount of students who don’t use drugs at all and are respected for their choices. Using is definitely not necessary to be socially accepted. Frankly, New College of Florida would fail as an elite liberal arts college if its students could not perform up to its high standards. Because of this, individuals who overuse drugs don’t perform well academically and will be forced to leave until they clean up their acts.
Though it is less common, if hard drug usage does occur, it is done covertly. Marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes, however, are used publicly. Students tend to be moderate with their usage, making sure their habits don’t interfere with their studies. It is certainly frowned upon when one allows drinking or smoking habits to be detrimental to schoolwork. Still, the social tolerance of drug usage is probably higher at New College than it is in most settings. NCF is an open-minded place, and this applies to drug use, as well.