Alcohol and Drug Policy


Revised June 2006

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The purpose of the Alcohol and Drug Policy is to uphold local, state and federal laws and to help create a safer campus. Augusta State University prohibits the unlawful possession, use,or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol and distributes this document as a part of the Universitys compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Effective April 1, 1991, the serving or consumption of alcoholic beverages by all students, employees, alumni, and guests on all ASU campuses was prohibited at all events/functions that are university affiliated, and any activity sponsored by organizations associated with ASU except by prior approval of the President. Individuals and groups are accountable for their choices and behavior. Campus advertising of products and services related to alcohol is prohibited (vendor policy available in Vice President for Business Operations Office). ASU is considered a Drug Free Campus and Workplace.

STUDENT MISCONDUCT

The Drug-Free Post-Secondary Education Act of 1990 provides for mandatory suspension of individual students committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs. It applies to students enrolled in courses for academic credit.

Violations and offenses of the laws regarding drugs and alcohol will be prosecuted on campus through the judicial process found in the Student Code of Conduct (published in the Jaguar Student Handbook). Additionally, students will face criminal prosecution through the Augusta State University Public Safety Department and local law enforcement authorities. This prosecution will proceed under Georgia and/or federal law according to the appropriate statutes and sanctions. Students and employees found to be in violation of this policy will be held accountable for their actions and will face disciplinary action and/or legal prosecution. Students and employees may also be held accountable for allowing or soliciting violations of the standards of conduct by their guests. University sanctions imposed on those found guilty may include probation, loss of privileges, restitution, suspension, dismissal or expulsion. Disciplinary sanctions for students convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense involving the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession or use of marijuana, controlled substances, or other illegal or dangerous drugs, may include the forfeiture of academic credit and possible temporary or permanent suspension or expulsion from the institution. In addition, a student who has been convicted of any offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance may not be eligible to receive any grant, loan or work study assistance. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Student organizations which knowingly permit illegal drug activity will be excluded from campus for a minimum of one year, and leases or agreements for use of University property will automatically terminate pursuant to Board of Regents Policy and Georgia law.

Students residing at University Village must abide by the University Housing Alcohol and Drug Policy as outlined in the Resident Handbook. To learn more about the policy and sanctions associated with violating the policy, obtain a copy of the Resident Handbook from the University Village leasing office or visit the University Village Website.

EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT

According to Board of Regents policy, no employee of Augusta State University may engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance. If an employee is convicted of violating any criminal drug statute of any jurisdiction, regardless of whether the alleged violation occurred at the workplace or elsewhere, the employee must notify the Human Resources Office within five working days after the conviction. Failure to comply with any part of this policy may result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment. State law provides that any employee, including faculty and staff of the University, with a criminal drug conviction will be suspended for at least two months and required to undergo a University-approved drug abuse treatment and education program before reinstatement. Upon a second conviction, the employee will be terminated and made ineligible for any state employment for five years. In some cases, an employee may be terminated as a result of the first conviction.

Board of Regents policy permits an employee to maintain employment for up to one year if the employee discloses to his/her employer that he/she is using drugs prior to an arrest for a drug offense and agrees to receive treatment. Retention of such employee is conditioned upon satisfactory completion of the treatment program. The employees job may be restructured however. This provision does not affect any disciplinary action for criminal conviction or drug-related misconduct on the job. In addition to the sanctions outlined below, employees convicted of drug-related offenses are subject to civil penalties. Such penalties may include suspension or revocation of professional and occupational licenses, restriction from public employment for up to five years, denial of retirement benefits, and denial of state-sponsored loans and mortgages. Workers compensation benefits will also be denied in certain instances where alcohol or other drugs are a cause of injury.

CRIMINAL SANCTIONS

Georgia law prohibits the purchase or possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21, or the furnishing of alcohol to such a person. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs or possession of an open container of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle is illegal. It is against Georgia law, under certain circumstances, to walk or be upon a roadway while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The punishment of these offenses may include imprisonment, payment of a fine, mandatory treatment and education programs, community service, forfeiture of motor vehicles and mandatory loss of ones drivers license.

Under Georgia and federal law, it is a crime to possess, manufacture, sell, or distribute illegal drugs. Federal sanctions for the illegal possession of drugs include imprisonment up to 1 year and/or minimum fine of $1,000 for a first conviction, imprisonment for 15 days-2 years and a minimum fine of $2,500 for a second drug conviction; and imprisonment for 90 days-3 years and a minimum fine of $5,000 for a third or subsequent drug conviction. For possession of a mixture or substance which contains a cocaine base, federal sanctions include 5-20 years in prison and a minimum fine of $1,000, for a first conviction if the mixture of substance exceeds 5 grams, for a second conviction if the mixture or substance exceeds 3 grams, and for a third or subsequent conviction if the mixture or substance exceeds 1 gram. Additional possible penalties for the illegal possession of drugs are forfeiture of real or personal property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if the offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment; forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used, or intended for use, to transport or conceal drugs; civil fine up to $10,000 per violation; denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses for up to 1 year for a first and up to 5 years for a second or subsequent offense; successful completion of a drug treatment program; community service; and ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm.

As required by Federal regulations, you may review the following pages detailing Federal penalties for drug trafficking and state sanctions for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs.

  • Federal Trafficking Penalties Marijuana
  • Federal Trafficking Penalties
  • Georgia State Drug Law Summary

Violations occurring within a Drug Free Zone (on or within 1,000 feet of any ASU campus) may carry enhanced penalties. Specific information about these penalties is available from the Public Safety Office on the Walton Way campus.

HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE

Misuse of alcohol and other drugs can result in, or make worse, a number of personal, relationship, physical or legal problems. Such use may result in: impaired judgment and coordination, making driving dangerous; damage to vital organs such as the heart, stomach, liver and brain; inability to learn and remember information; psychosis and severe anxiety; unwanted or unprotected sex resulting in pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease (including AIDS), or sexual assault; and serious injury or death. Women should be aware that they are more likely to become intoxicated faster and stay intoxicated longer than a man of the same weight, with the same drinking history, ingesting the same amount of alcohol. Intoxicated women are often perceived by men as more interested in sex than they really are and as easy targets for sexual aggression. Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. Research has also shown that children of alcoholic parents are at a greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics. Men should be aware that excessive alcohol consumption can cause problems with impotence. In addition, men who are intoxicated in sexual situations also run a risk of committing sexual assault. Every year thousands of people are treated in hospitals for drug-related accidents and mental and physical illness. Use of alcohol and other drugs is also common when suicides occur. Additionally, the long-term use of alcohol or other drugs may set up habitual patterns that can lead to psychological and physical addiction. Cocaine, crack and heroin, for example, are highly addictive and physically dangerous. Use of these may result in coma and/or death. Marijuana users may impair or reduce their short term memory/comprehension, reduce coordination/energy level and often have a lowered immune system and are at an increased risk for lung cancer.

To learn of additional health risks associated with the use of alcohol or other drugs, contact the Counseling Center or view the chart below.

  • Uses and Effects of Controlled Substances

SMOKING POLICY AND HEALTH RISKS

Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings and in any state automobiles, trucks or enclosed golf carts.Smoking is permitted only in officially designated smoking shelters or outside of all buildings, except within 25 feet of building entrances. The definition of a building entrance includes doorway, steps, fire escape, exterior chair lift & the immediate clear passage to the same.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women & is also the most preventable cancer. More than 87% of lung cancers are caused directly by smoking and some of the rest are caused by environmental exposure to tobacco smoke. Until tobacco use is sharply decreased, lung cancer will continue to be the number one cause of cancer death in the U.S., killing more than 160,000 Americans every year.

EDUCATION AND TREATMENT RESOURCES

ON-CAMPUS:

All undergraduate students of Augusta State University are required to complete Wellness 1000, which includes an education segment on alcohol and other drugs. In addition, faculty, staff and students are regularly exposed to alcohol and other drug prevention and education programs hosted by various Student Affairs offices & the Alcohol and other Drug Task Force. The Athletic Department also provides substance abuse education and a drug-screening program for student-athletes. Individual counseling for students and employees with problems of drug and alcohol abuse is available in the Counseling Center on the Augusta State University campus. Call 737-1471 to make an appointment. If additional services beyond the scope of the Counseling Center appear necessary, referrals will be made.

OFF-CAMPUS:

In addition to the ASU Counseling Center, there are other resources listed in the telephone directory for students or employees desiring help with alcohol and drug use/abuse problems. Refer to the Alcoholism Information & Treatment Centers and Drug Abuse & Addiction Information & Treatment sections in the yellow pages.

LOCAL RESOURCES:

Aiken Center for Alcohol & Drug Services
Al Anon Information Center
Alcoholics Anonymous - Augusta
Alcoholics Anonymous - North Augusta
Augusta Counseling Services
Bradford Health Services
Celebrate Recovery at Mosaic United Methodist Church
East Central Georgia Community Mental Health Center
Narcotics Anonymous
Steppingstones to Recovery

(803) 649-1900
(706) 738-7984
(706) 860-8331
(803) 279-1060
(706)737-5700
(706) 854-1126
(706) 650-9187

(706) 432-4800

(706) 855-2419
(706) 733-1935

HELP LINES:

Community Mental Health Crisis Line
Drug Helpline
Georgia Drug Abuse Helpline
Georgia Tobacco Quit Line

(706) 560-2943
1-800-662-HELP
1-800-338-6745
1-877-270-STOP


Concerns, suggestions or questions about this document should be submitted to the Alcohol and Drug Task Force via the Dean of Students Office, (706) 737-1411.

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