Drug & Alcohol Policy

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Georgia Perimeter College recognizes that the use of certain drugs is harmful and damaging to the health and safety of students. In compliance with Federal and State Laws, Georgia Perimeter College has a Drug and Alcohol Policy.  Please read this important information.

Student drug and alcohol policy

The manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or illegal drugs, in any quantity, on campus and at all Georgia Perimeter College Campus approved events off campus is prohibited.

You cannot bring in, make, distribute, sell, or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances or dangerous drugs while you are on campus including buildings, grounds, and vehicles.

If you violate the policy, you will be punished under the Student Conduct Code through formal hearing. Sanctions may include:

  • Loss of academic credit
  • Suspension or expulsion from Georgia Perimeter College
  • Loss of all financial aid
  • Mandated evaluations and treatment
  • Community service work

You have the right to due process when accused of a violation of the Drug and Alcohol Policy.

Group drug and alcohol policy

Any student organization which permits, authorizes, or condones the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, serving, consumption, or use of, controlled substances, or other illegal or dangerous drugs at any affair, function or activity, social or otherwise, on or off campus, shall have its recognition as a student organization withdrawn and, after complying with the constitutional requirement of due process and the right of appeal, shall be expelled from the campus for a minimum of one calendar year from the date of determination of guilt.

Your student group must follow the Drug Free Campus Policy or your organization shall:

  • Be expelled from campus.
  • Be prohibited from using college property or facilities.
  • Have your group's lease or rental agreement with the college or the Board of Regents and the organization terminated.

The Student Drug and Alcohol Policy remains in effect for each individual participating in a group function.

Criminal sanctions for drug and alcohol violations

Under the Penal Code of Georgia, it is a crime to possess, manufacture, sell, or distribute illegal drugs. Penalties may include community service, fines, and imprisonment. Possession of alcohol by a person under the age of twenty-one, or providing alcohol to such a person, is prohibited under the Georgia Penal Code and carries up to twelve months incarceration and a fine of up to one thousand dollars. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs incurs penalties which may include mandatory treatment and education programs, community service, and fines starting at three hundred dollars, imprisonment and loss of license. Federal criminal law also prohibits the possession, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substance.

Provisions and Resources

Substance abuse is dangerous to you, both physically and mentally, and may cause long-lasting health effects and even death. Impaired skills while under the influence can cause motor vehicle accidents, falls, fires, and other injuries. Help is available for you if you need it and seek it. Individuals can receive confidential services from the following resources:

Individual County Board of Health, Mental Health Services
Dekalb: 404-892-4646 Fulton: 866-821-0465
Newton: 770-787-3977 Gwinnett: 770-963-8141
Rockdale: 770-483-6840 Clayton: 866-821-0465
Cobb: 770-422-0202
National Cocaine Hotline: 1-800-COCAINE
Narcotics Anaonymous: 770-421-8881
Alcoholics Anonymous: 404-525-3178
Georgia Drug Abuse Helpline: 800-388-6745