Atlanta Technical College has created a drug and alcohol awareness program to be reviewed by the Drug and Alcohol Task Force Committee to comply with the 1989 Amendments to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.
Drug and Alcohol Plan
The plan outline provides resources, programs and activities associated with Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention events throughout the year, with specific communication to students, faculty, and staff. The plan explains the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The plan will review the enforcement and disciplinary sanction imposed on violators of the college’s drug and alcohol policies. An annual review will determine whether these enforcement efforts and sanctions were applied in a consistent manner.
Goals for ATC Drug and Alcohol Plan
Achievement of these goals is measured by sponsored drug and alcohol awareness activities and campaigns, student awareness rates and knowledge of drug and alcohol dangers. Students will be surveyed during specific times during the semester at student involved events. Also, surveys indicate that students are knowledgeable of counseling and support services, which are perceived as valuable assets.
Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
Each spring and fall semesters notifications will be sent to students via student email communication.
Atlanta Technical College is a drug-free campus. The faculty and staff at Atlanta Technical College are concerned about growing patterns of drug and alcohol abuse in our society. ATC is doing its part to curb the usage and educate staff and students about these dangers associated with drugs and alcohol. Atlanta Tech will comply with all pertinent local, state, and federal laws and regulations and will partner with other educational facilities in this national effort to combat drug and alcohol abuse. National and state certifications of intent to comply with these laws in order to continue to receive funds for financial assistance have been submitted.
The Federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1990 contains Section 20, Drug Free Schools and Campuses, which was enacted to ensure that any institution of higher education that received funds under any federal program has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol by students.
Under the terms of this act, colleges must annually distribute in writing to each student the following:
Standard of Conduct
Atlanta Technical College students are guaranteed all rights, privileges, and freedoms granted to a citizen of the United States. Additionally, students are entitled to an environment that is conducive to learning and individual growth. Therefore, students enrolled at Atlanta Technical College assume a citizen’s responsibility to abide by federal, state, and local laws. Violations of statutory laws or of Atlanta Technical College student conduct regulations or other Technical College System of Georgia policies, rules and regulations may lead to disciplinary actions by Atlanta Technical College. These regulations do not deny any previously guaranteed rights and privileges but ensure a pleasant educational environment for all Atlanta Tech students.
Technical College students assume an obligation to act in a manner compatible with the fulfillment of the College mission. The Technical College community recognizes its responsibility to provide an atmosphere conducive to growth. With these principles in mind, Atlanta Technical College establishes a comprehensive Student Code of Conduct.
The administration reserves the right to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for students and staff. Therefore, when, in the judgment of college officials, a student’s conduct disrupts or threatens to disrupt the college community, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to restore and protect the atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect on campus. This procedure is intended to provide an orderly protocol for handling disciplinary cases in accordance with the principles of due process and justice.
Any student found to have committed the following drug and/or alcohol transgression is subject to disciplinary sanctions by the college if the student is found in violation of the following as per the published Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, allegations of drug and/or alcohol violations may include investigation and possible prosecution by local, state, or federal laws. The Student Code of Conduct lists the following as violations:
Also, no student shall engage in the unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol on the Technical College’s property or as part of any of its sponsored activities.
Such unlawful activity may be considered sufficient grounds for serious punitive action, including immediate suspension and/or expulsion from the College. 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 be considered for 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 semester and forfeit all academic credit for that period.
Possible Penalties and Sanctions
Appropriate action will be taken in all cases in which students, faculty or staff are determined to be in violation of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1984, as implemented by college policy.
All new employees are advised of TCSG Policy 4.8.1. (III.O.1) Drug-Free Workplace and sign an acknowledgement statement indicating they have been made aware of the policy https://tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/files/4.8.1.pdf. Further Information is made available to employees and supervisors pertaining to the dangers of drug or alcohol abuse in the work place along with options for counseling or other employee assistance through the ESPYR, the state of Georgia’s employee assistance program provider.
An annual notice will be sent to all employees of the college’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program and employee assistance program services available if needed.
Any alleged violation of the acts, as implemented by this policy, by a student of the College will be reported through appropriate faculty or administrative channels to include campus police. The circumstances surrounding the offense and the facts as determined by appropriate investigation will be fully reviewed prior to a decision on the action taken through the Behavioral Intervention Team and/or Dean of Students or his/her designee. Possible disciplinary sanctions for failure to comply with the provisions of this policy may include one or a combination of the following:
The 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, the Technical College shall with respect to any student so convicted:
The Technical College is responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of a drug free awareness program to inform students of the following:
Students in several classes will be required to complete the learning platform AlcoholEdu each semester. AlcoholEdu teaches students how to make good decisions regarding alcohol consumption. Additionally, students seeking counseling or treatment for drug or alcohol use that impairs the success of daily living will also be mandaed to participate in this learning platform. This learning platform is also available to any interested student as well. The learning objectives of AlcoholEdu include:
Concerning potential health risks, students should be aware that according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Health (NIH), and other sources, drug and alcohol use might have a wide range of short- and long-term, direct, and indirect effects. Even after one use, short-term effects can cause alterations in appetite, the ability to sleep, slower or faster heart rate, dizziness, changes in blood pressure, behavior, and mood. Extended use over time or even an isolated incident of overindulgence can cause greater health risks to include heart attack, stroke, seizures, disorders of internal organs, and short-term psychosis. In other cases, extreme use of drugs or alcohol can lead to unintentional overdose and possible death. Long-term use of Drug and Alcohols may include heart and/or lung disease, certain cancers, liver disease, mental illness or mental disorders, hepatitis and other health concerns to include an increased chance of dependency or addiction. In addition, use of drugs and alcohol can impair good decision-making skills, which could lead to the
contraction of AIDS, HIV or sexually transmitted diseases due to risk-taking behaviors. The risk for impulsivity, trauma, violence, injury, and risky behaviors may be enhanced due to impaired judgment. In addition, the use of drugs and alcohol may contribute to short- and long-term changes in brain activity that affects mood, impulsivity, memory, stress, and the ability to learn new material and acquire new skills. This may adversely affect a student’s educational success and career opportunities. Even when drug and alcohol use is eliminated or reduced, those changes may become permanent. Last, the use of drugs and alcohol may adversely affect babies born to women who use drugs and alcohol while pregnant or while breastfeeding.
There are several options for the treatment of Drugs and Alcohol addiction or abuse to include assessment and evaluation services, intervention services, in-patient and outpatient treatment centers, counseling, 12-step recovery programs, partial hospitalization options, group therapy, and community support groups. In addition, a variety of referrals to outside agencies is available. Students may call 404.225.4441 or email email@example.com to get assistance and/or resources.
Atlanta Technical College Events and Activities and Awareness Campaigns
The Atlanta Technical College campus community will launch a continuous multi-media campaign on both campus locations to inform students about the use, dangers, long-term and short-term effects of drug and alcohol use to include:
ATC will have an annual Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Awareness during fall semester. This can also include community providers for wellness, drug and alcohol prevention and rehabilitation programs.
AlcoholEdu Learning Platform
AlcoholEdu is an online learning platform to educate and motivate students to use alcohol safely in order to establish a lifelong pattern of moderation in drinking or abstaining and recognize harmful behaviors associated with drinking and drug use. The goal is to educate students in making good decisions regarding alcohol, set limits on the number of drinks, understanding, the amount of alcohol in the standard drink, stop drinking at a predetermined time, and choose to consume less alcohol overall. Information on participating in this learning platform will be placed on the website.
Drug and Alcohol Awareness Lunch and Learn Sessions
A Lunch and Learn session for Drug and Alcohol Prevention Awareness will be held also during Fall Semester. Flyers and educational materials will be also distributed to raise awareness of the event. This event is open to students and staff.
Ongoing Drugs and Alcohol Material Distribution
Provide literature, brochures, and educational information on all campus locations throughout the year. Informational flyers and pamphlets on the dangers of drug and alcohol use will also provide information on counseling services provided by ESPYR.
Student Awareness Assessment
Atlanta Technical College will conduct periodic assessments to determine the effectiveness of the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Prevention strategies. Assessments will occur at both on campus events and in the annual Atlanta Tech Student Satisfaction survey.
Atlanta Technical College is committed to maintaining a productive learning environment which protects our students, staff, and visitors from unsafe and unhealthy influences while on both Campuses. The use/abuse of alcohol and drugs increases the risk for behavioral and social problems. Use/Abuse can create a negative impact on academic work performance and relationships with co-workers, classmates, family, and friends. Conduct issue will result in disciplinary action(s), loss of employment or dismissal from academic classes and programs. The laws in the State of Georgia and the policies of the Technical College System of Georgia prohibit the use, possession, consumption, sale, distribution, and unlawful manufacture of illegal drugs, narcotics or controlled substances on LTC’s campuses, while conducting College business or as part of College sponsored activities or events.
Atlanta Technical College continues its commitment in educating and cultivating a secure environment for our students, staff, and visitors.