Both drugs and alcohol are two things that are always discussed and hotly debated on college campuses across the nation. Universities vary in many aspects such as policies and punishments. I believe the University of Miami handles both of these issues extremely well for several reasons. One of the most prominent reasons is access to alcohol. To my knowledge, there is only one place on campus where alcohol can be legally obtained: The Rat. To drink at The Rat, you need a legal ID, something that is difficult to duplicate and strictly enforced. This allows for a safer environment and a more enjoyable experience.
Obviously, drugs and alcohol cannot be fully removed from any college campus. However, UM tries very hard for this to occur. From substance free dorm floors to the AlcoholEdu program, the University of Miami hits drugs and alcohol hard from all corners. At the least, UM is promoting safety. I have never used alcohol or drugs in my life and have never been witness to their use either. During my time at UM, this fact has held strong and I feel that the university has done its best to keep its students safe.
The policies that UM have in place to prevent illegal drug and alcohol use are the main reason these violations have been kept in check and I agree with them 100%. Students go to college to get an education, not to do drugs or ‘get wasted’. The University of Miami recognizes this and always makes a strong push to ensure that everyone is getting the experiences they want and deserve. I do not believe anything needs to be changed about UM’s current policies for alcohol and drugs. So far, things have been well and order has been kept. This may not always be a simple task, but I believe the University of Miami has risen to the occasion. It allows for alcohol use for those who are legal, and promotes drinking responsibly overall.