V. E. Drug Free
Schools and Communities Act

North Georgia Technical College is a responsible segment of the society in which it exists, and as an educational institution, neither permits nor condones illegal drugs and narcotics. The College stands behind the laws of federal, state and local governments concerning drugs and narcotics. 

This policy has been developed in concert with the federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act which was enacted to ensure that any institution of higher education that receives funds under any federal program has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol by students. It also incorporates the statutory mandates required under the state Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990 (O.C.G.A. 20-1-20 et seq.)

No student may engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illicit drugs and/or alcohol on North Georgia Technical College property or at any event or activity sponsored by the College.

Any student found manufacturing; distributing, dispensing, possessing, or using controlled substances will be subject to immediate expulsion from North Georgia Tech and may be turned over to local authorities for legal action.  Such unlawful activity may be considered sufficient grounds for serious punitive action, including expulsion.  Disciplinary sanctions for students convicted of a felony offense involving alcohol or the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession or use of marijuana, controlled substances or other illegal or dangerous drugs shall receive immediate suspension and denial of further state and/or federal funds from the date of conviction.  Specifically in the case of a drug related offense, the student shall minimally be suspended for the remainder of the quarter and forfeit all academic credit for that period.

North Georgia Technical College shall notify the appropriate state/federal funding agency within 10 days after receiving notice of the conviction from the student or otherwise after receiving the actual notice of conviction.  Within 30 days of notification of conviction, North Georgia Technical College shall with respect to any student so convicted:

  1. Take additional appropriate action against such student up to and including expulsion as it deems necessary.

  2. Provide such student with a description of any drug or alcohol counseling treatment, or rehabiliation or re-entry programs that are available for such purposes by a federal, state or local health, law enforcement or other appropriate agency.

Any student who voluntarily seeks counseling for abuse of controlled substances, or who may be deemed by College officials to need treatment may secure information regarding approved drug assistance or rehabilitation programs from the College or the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

If a student is dismissed for violation of an institutional regulation of controlled substances, he/she must have a professional evaluation. If the evaluation indicates a treatment of counseling program is necessary, the student must complete such a program before there can be any consideration for re-admission. After completion of treatment or counseling program, the student may appeal for re-admission upon the recommendation of the counselor.  Such an appeal must be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

The use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages by North Georgia Technical College students is strictly forbidden on campus and at any off-campus activity that is sponsored by or in the name of any institutional organization, department or group.  Any student who returns to the campus under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be subject to full disciplinary action.  


Adopted: July 1, 1997; Revised: September 7, 2011

Code: 05-04-04