Lafayette College is committed to helping students reduce the harm related to alcohol and other drug abuse. As a community, we believe that students are most likely to thrive when their decision making in the AOD space is responsible, legal, educated and safe.

Lafayette embraces the spirit of “Cur non,” which means, “Why not?” At Lafayette, students are encouraged to embrace this philosophy every day by moving beyond the familiar and the comfortable. We dare our students to become thinkers, leaders, and innovators both in and out of the classroom.

As an institution, we believe that alcohol and drug use can have a negative impact on students’ abilities to live that “cur non” spirit and truly flourish and thrive. It’s been proven that irresponsible and illegal alcohol and other drug use can have a negative impact on academic performance and on the overall college experience.

We take a comprehensive approach to addressing the dangers of substance use both on and off campus through partnerships, programs, and services provided throughout the year. Our concern is the safety and well-being of every student. We know that holistically healthy students have more room to grow and push their boundaries in safe and effective ways.

We want students to live well, and by doing so, embrace all the possibilities of a Lafayette education.

Browse around for more information about Lafayette’s AOD resources, education and programming approach, AOD standing committee, and frequently asked questions from our students.