Every college is going to have a drug scene—unfortunately, there is no avoiding that—and Radford University is no exception, but it's nothing overwhelming. Drugs can be found if a student decides to go looking, but the University has very strict consequences for drug possession, so it is not prevalent on campus. Some students use illegal substances or take prescription drugs for non-medical reasons, and, of course, many abuse alcohol, but these students are often caught, and as the majority are habitual offenders, they do not tend to last long in the University.
Radford requires that students go through an alcohol or drug abuse program after their first transgression, as well as remain on probation for the remainder of the semester. If a student is caught with drugs or alcohol off campus, they are still charged with the violation as if they were on campus. The University and the Radford police department have an agreement that all off-campus charges are to be sent to the University. This policy has helped cut down on drug and alcohol abuse in the surrounding area. Radford University maintains a three-strike policy, where alcohol violations each count as one strike and drug violations count as two. After the third strike, the student is asked to leave the University.