South Georgia State College

Drugs, Alcohol, and Weapons on Campus

Drugs and Alcohol

South Georgia State College is an Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus

SGSC recognizes and supports local, state, and federal laws and policies of the Board of Regents, with respect to the sale, use, distribution, and possession of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs, as well as the Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990 with respect to the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs on college campuses and elsewhere.

Quick Facts

• It is unlawful to be under the influence of, use, possess, distribute, sell, offer, or agree to sell, or represent to sell narcotics, hallucinogens, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances, except as where permitted by prescription or law.
• SGSC prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on campus or as any part of the College's activities, whether on or off campus.

SGSC Alcohol Policy

• SGSC expressly prohibits the use, possession, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages on campus by any campus constituency.
• Student activity funds or state funds may not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
• The SGSC Police Department is committed to recognizing, upholding and enforcing the laws of the State of Georgia. Violation of those state laws, incorporated into the College Alcohol Policy, will not be condoned on campus or at any activity held off campus by any constituency.
• Exceptions to the policy of no alcohol on campus may, from time to time, be permitted at the discretion of the President of the College.

Student Organization Responsibility for Drug Abuse

Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 20-3-90 et seq., provides that any student organization functioning at any university system institution which knowingly permits or authorizes the sale, distribution, serving, possession, consumption, or use of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug when such sale, distribution, serving, possession, consumption, or use is not in compliance with the laws of this state shall have its recognition as a student organization withdrawn, shall be expelled from campus for a minimum of a calendar year from the year of determination of guilt. The organization shall also be prohibited from the use of all property and facilities of the university system institution with which it is affiliated. These disciplinary actions are subject to administrative review and hearing procedures as are provided in the code.

Travel Policy

Students should be aware that they are responsible for abiding by the Drug Free Campus Policy and that they may be held liable, both civilly and criminally, in the case that they are found in violation. When students travel, they should know that their point of destination is considered an extension of the campus. Violations occurring off campus will be treated the same as if the violations occurred on campus.

College Disciplinary Sanctions for Alcohol/Drug Offenses

Sanctions that may be imposed by SGSC for violators of this Policy include the following or any combination thereof:
• Reprimand
• Restrictions
• Probation
• Suspension
• Forced Withdrawal or Expulsion
• Referral

 

Weapons

The SGSC Police Department continually strives to provide a safe and secure environment for the entire campus community.  SGSC is designated as a school safety zone. This means that it is illegal to possess any explosive compound or weapon in or on any property owned or used by SGSC. The penalties for breaking this law can be severe including arrest and expulsion from school.

The law does provide exceptions for weapons in private vehicles and those who have permits, certain objects commonly used in sporting competitions and for individuals who are authorized to carry firearms in the commission of their official duties. If you legally possess a firearm in your vehicle, please do not remove it from your vehicle while on campus. This could lead to criminal charges under this law. Please refer to sub-section (c) of O.C.G.A 16-11-127.1.

Weapons come in many forms, and simply possessing one these objects can be considered a violation of the law. Unless an exception is expressly granted in O.C.G.A 16-11-127.1, the following items are prohibited on campus:

• Pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind (i.e. air soft, paintball, BB or pellet guns, potato guns)
• Knife having a blade of two or more inches
• Straight-edge razor or razor blade
• Spring stick
• Bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon
• Nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken
• Throwing star or oriental dart
• Stun gun or taser

Please remember that these are only a few examples of weapons that can be considered illegal on campus. For the complete list see OCGA 16-11-127.1.

If you know of anyone who is in violation of this law while on campus please let Campus Police know immediately.