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Drug Free Policy Statement


The purpose of this statement is to provide each member of the Georgia Career Institute community (Faculty, Staff and Students) with official notification of the policies and penalties relative to controlled substances (illicit drugs) and alcohol, as required by the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. As an employee and/or student at Georgia Career Institute, you are required to be knowledgeable of and comply with the Drug Free Campus/Workplace Policy, the applicable provisions of which are summarized below.

Policy: It is the policy of this institution that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, use or abuse of alcohol and/or illicit drugs on any of Georgia Career Institute's campuses or on property owned or controlled by the Institute is strictly prohibited. All categories of employees and students are subject to this policy and to applicable federal, state and local laws related to this matter. Additionally, any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary actions as set forth in the applicable sections of this policy.

Standards of Conduct: Georgia Career Institute employees and students are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on any Institute campus, and at off-campus facilities owned or controlled by the Institute. At off-campus events, to the extent that off-campus activities are considered to be Institute activities, the standards of conduct (of the act) must apply, and alcohol shall not be abused by those of legal drinking age, nor used, possessed or distributed by those who have not attained legal drinking age.

Legal Sanctions under Local, State and Federal Law: Various federal, state and local statutes make it unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, sell or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute dispense, deliver or sell, controlled substances. The penalty imposed depends upon many factors which include the type and amount of controlled substance involved; the number of prior offenses, if any; whether death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of such substance; and whether any other crimes were committed in connection with the use of the controlled substance. Possible maximum penalties for a first-time violation include imprisonment for any period of time up to a term of life imprisonment; a fine of up to $4,000,000; supervised release; any combination of the above or all three. These sanctions are doubled when the offense involves either: distribution or possession at or near a school or Institute campus, or distribution to persons under 21 years of age. Repeat offenders may be punished to a greater extent as provided by statute.

Further, a civil penalty of up to $10,000 may be assessed for simple possession of "personal use amounts" of certain specified substances under federal law. Under state law, the offense of possession or casual exchange is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor; if there is an exchange between a minor and an adult at least two years the minor's senior, and the adult knew that the person was a minor, the offense is classified a felony as provided in T.C.A. S39-17-417. It is unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one (21) to buy, possess, transport (unless in the course of his/her employment), or consume alcoholic beverages, wine, or beer, such offenses being classified Class A misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment for not more than 11 months, 29 days, or a fine of not more than $2,500, or both (T.C.A. SS1-3-113, 57-5-301). It is further an offense to provide alcoholic beverages to any person under the age of twenty-one (21), such offense being classified a Class A misdemeanor (T.C.A. S39-15 -404). The offense of public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than $50, or both (T.C.A. S39-17-310).