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Drug Free Campus Program

Drug-Free Campus Program

In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) provides the following information to provide a campus environment free of illicit drug use and alcohol abuse and to prevent the abuse of alcohol and drugs by students and employees.

No student may engage in the unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on the Coastal Pines 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 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 be 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 term and forfeit all academic credit for that period.

Coastal Pines 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:

  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 rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available for such purposes by a federal, state or local health, law enforcement or other appropriate agency.

Coastal Pines Technical College is responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of a drug free awareness program to inform students of the following:

  1. The dangers of drug and alcohol abuse on the campus and elsewhere.
  2. Any available drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation and assistance programs.
  3. Any penalties to be imposed upon students for drug and alcohol abuse violations occurring on the campus.

Criminal Sanctions

Under Georgia and federal law, it is a crime to possess, manufacture, sell, or distribute illegal drugs. As required by federal regulations, charts at the current Safe and Secure Web site detail federal penalties for drug trafficking and state sanctions for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs.

Federal sanctions for the illegal possession of drugs include imprisonment up to 1 year and/or a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first conviction; imprisonment for 15 days to 2 years and a minimum fine of $2,500 for a second drug conviction; and imprisonment for 90 days to 3 years and a minimum fine of $5000 for a third or subsequent drug conviction. For possession of a mixture or substance which contains a cocaine base, federal sanctions include 5 to 20 years in prison and a minimum fine of $1000 for a first conviction if the mixture or 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 the 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.

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 also is illegal. It is against Georgia law, under certain circumstances, to walk and be upon a roadway while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The punishment for these offenses may include imprisonment, payment of fine, mandatory treatment and education programs, community service, and mandatory loss of one's driver's license.

The use, possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensing, and trafficking of illegal drugs is prohibited by federal law. Strict penalties are provided for drug convictions, including mandatory prison terms for many offenses. The following information, although not complete, is an overview of potential federal statutory maximum penalties.

However, precise federal sentencing is governed by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Please note that sentencing under these guidelines can result in penalties that are more severe than the federal statutory maximums and which are more severe than the penalties imposed under state law under certain circumstances.

A federal drug conviction may result in the denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to one year for first offense, up to five years for second and subsequent offenses [21 U.S.C. sec. 853]. Moreover, any person convicted of a federal drug offense punishable by more than one year in prison will forfeit personal and real property related to the violation, including homes, vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other personal belongings [21 U.S.C. sec. 853(a)(2), 881(a)(7) and 881(a)(4)].

Further, persons convicted on federal drug trafficking within 1,000 feet of Coastal Pines Technical College may face penalties of prison terms and fines that are twice as high as regular penalties for the offense, with a mandatory prison sentence of at least one year {921 U.S.C. sec. 845(a)].

Disciplinary Sanctions Imposed by Student Code of Conduct

In compliance with the Technical System of Georgia (TCSG) State Board Policy, Coastal Pines Technical College has established and maintains a system of student discipline that is fair and efficient and carries out the TCSG policies which can be found at www.tcsg.org.  Coastal Pines Technical College recognizes its responsibility to provide an atmosphere conductive to educational activity.  With these principles in mind, the Coastal Pines Technical College establishes a Student Code of Conduct which is reviewed annually by the Student Leadership Committee.

While on institutional grounds, which includes school sponsored activities, institutional vehicles, and clinical affiliates, a student shall not possess, sell, use, transmit, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.  The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on campus, in any facility, or at any function of Coastal Pines Technical College is prohibited and may be considered sufficient grounds for serious punitive action, including expulsion, and may be punishable by local, state, and federal law, which may include a fine, prison term, or both.

Coastal Pines Technical College will impose sanctions on students that violate institutional policy on unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by: (1) Temporary or permanent dismissal and (2) Referral for prosecution.  Note: Use of a drug as prescribed by a medical prescription written specifically for the user by a registered medical practitioner shall not be considered a violation of this rule.

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 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.

Coastal Pines Technical College notifies students and employees of the following:

  • Information on drug and alcohol abuse prevention and a description of the health risks associated with illicit drug, alcohol and tobacco use
  • A description of any drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs available to students and employees
  • Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the school’s property, or as part of the school’s activities
  • A clear statement that the school will impose sanctions on students and employees for violations of the standards of conduct (consistent with local, state, and federal law) and a description of these sanctions, up to and including expulsion, termination of employment, and referral for prosecution.
  • A description of the sanctions under local, state, and federal law for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.

Coastal Pines Technical College distributes information and materials to all students and employees via:

E-mail

  • Employees and returning students annually during Fall Semester
  • Each Semester for new students

Printed materials

  • New employees at new employee orientation
  • New students at new student orientation

Online Orientation

  • New students at online orientation

Website

  • Information maintained on school website

Staff Development

  • All employees at annual staff development training

Coastal Pines Technical College provides literature on drug and alcohol abuse prevention, including health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse, legal sanctions imposed for violation of code of conduct, and information on counseling andreferral services.

Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol

  • The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol can, and in many instances, very probably will, lead to serious health problems, chemical dependency, deterioration of the quality of life, and, if untreated, early death.
  • Cocaine provides a short-lived "high" followed by depression, paranoia, anxiety, guilt, anger and fear. It can cause rapid physical and psychological addiction. In some instances, cocaine may cause a heart attack or sudden death, even on the first use.
  • The dangers of this highly addictive drug and its close derivative, "crack", are evidenced daily through the news media. Overdose of cocaine (or other stimulants) can cause agitation, increase in body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions and possible death.
  • Marijuana, like cocaine, provides a short-term high, and like cocaine, is addictive. While the "high" may last only a short time, traces remain in the body for a month or more, inhibiting short-term memory, reducing reaction time and impairing visual tracking. It may also cause an inability to abstract and understand concepts. In some instances it can depress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack, contribute to lung diseases, and infertility. Marijuana and other cannabis can cause euphoria, relaxed inhibitions, increased appetite and disoriented behavior. Overdose can cause fatigue, paranoia and possible death.
  • Depressants such as barbiturates, chloral hydrate, benzodiazepines, etc., can cause slurred speech, disorientation and drunken behavior without the odor of alcohol. Overdose can cause shallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma, and possible death.
  • Hallucinogens such as LSD, Mescaline and Peyote, amphetamine variants, etc., can cause illusions and hallucinations, and poor perception of time and distance. Overdose can cause longer, more intense illusionary hallucinatory episodes, psychosis and possible death.
  • Narcotics such as opium, heroin, morphine, and codeine can cause euphoria, drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils and nausea. Overdose of narcotics can cause slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma and possible death.
  • Prescription drugs, used improperly, can cause tired-ness, or hyperactivity, impaired reflexes, brain dam-age, and, in some instances, addiction or death.
  • Alcohol, used abusively, will impair judgment, result in anxiety, feelings of guilt, depression and isolation. Prolonged use may cause liver and heart disease, cancer, and psychological problems and dependency in the form of alcoholism. Alcohol used by pregnant women is the leading preventable cause of mental retardation in children.

Health risks associated with Tobacco Use

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2013)
  • Lung cancer is the most preventable form of cancer death in our society. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2013)
  • Lung cancer estimates for 2013 (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2013):
  • New cases of lung cancer:228,190
    Males: 118,080
    Females: 110,110
  • Deaths from lung cancer:159,480
    Males: 87,260
    Females: 72,220
  • Besides lung cancer, tobacco use also increases the risk for cancers of the mouth, lips, nasal cavity (nose) and sinuses, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, ovary (mucinous), and acute myeloid leukemia. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2013)
  • In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths; this equals about 443,000 early deaths each year. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2013)
  • Tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of lung cancer deaths. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2013)
  • Cigarette use has declined dramatically since the release of the first US Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health in 1964. Even so, about 21.6% of men and 16.5% of women still smoked cigarettes in 2011, with about 78% of these people smoking daily. (Source: Current cigarette smoking among adults – United States, 2011)
  • Cigarette smoking among adults age 18 and older who smoked 30 cigarettes or more a day went down significantly from 2005 to 2011 – from 12.6% to 9.1%. But the number of adults who smoke 1 to 9 cigarettes a day went up during this same time – from 16.4% to 22%. And still, nearly 44 million American adults smoke. (Source: Current cigarette smoking among adults – United States, 2011)

The use of tobacco in any form is prohibited on all Coastal Pines Technical College’s campuses.  Any violation will result in a disciplinary sanction. 

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs

A variety of counseling services and treatment centers are available throughout the state for anyone experiencing problems related to substance abuse. Although most counseling and treatment centers charge for their services, some programs are free of charge. Faculty, staff, and students should avail themselves of sources to identify the services or programs which most closely meet their specific needs.

Consistent with its educational mission, Coastal Pines Technical College provides useful and informative educational programs on drug/alcohol abuse. Counseling and Special Services sponsors work-shops and lectures on alcohol and drug related issues to support and encourage healthy, productive lifestyles.

The following agencies can be contacted for assistance with drug/alcohol abuse related issues. Confidential help and services are available by contacting the following:

  • A.C.E. Foundation #2 Dawson Ln. Ludowici GA 31316 (912) 545-9711
  • AA - Alcoholics Anonymous in Georgia, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 745 S. Palm St. Jesup GA 31545 M&Th 6:00 p.m.
  • AA - Alcoholics Anonymous in Georgia 837 East Pine Street Jesup GA 31598 Everyday 8:00 p.m.
  • Al Anon/Alateen Family Groups of Georgia 745 S. Palm St. Jesup GA 31545 M&Th 7:00 p.m.
  • Appling Counseling Center, 755 South Main St., Baxley GA 31513, (912) 367-4614
  • Bethesda House of Mercy ,1010 Mary St., Waycross GA 31501, (912)-283-8580
  • Bridges of Hope Trust, 1326 Antioch Rd., Homerville GA 31634 ,(912) 487-2576
  • Drug Abuse Services,1609 Newcastle Street , Brunswick GA 31520 , (912) 264-7340
  • Drug-Free Wayne Co. Coalition 420 Cedar St. Jesup GA 31546 (912) 588-9747
  • Focus Healthcare of Georgia, 2927 Demere Rd. , St. Simon's Is. GA 31522 , (800) 821-7224
  • Free Hart Center,  446 W. Plum St. , Jesup GA 31545 , (912) 530-7793
  • Gateway Behavioral Health Services,  700 Charles Gillman Jr Ave.,  Kingsland GA 31548, (912)-576-4205
  • Gateway Behavioral Health Services,  1113 E. Oglethorpe Hwy.,  Hinesville GA 31313, (912) 368-3502
  • Gateway Behavioral Health Services , 3441 Cypress Mill Road , Brunswick GA 31520,  (912)-264-0979
  • John's Place-Pineland CSB/CSU , 4 West Altman St. , Statesboro GA 30458 (912) 764-6129
  • Narcotics Anonymous , 833 Pine St.,  Jesup GA 31545,  (800) 334-3322
  • Pineland/Wayne Service Center , 3850 S. Sunset Blvd. , Jesup GA 31545,  (912) 427-4491
  • Pineland Women's SA Day Services, 119 S. College St. ,Statesboro GA 30458 , (912) 764-1817
  • Recovery Connection Hotline (800) 993-3869
  • SeaSide Health Services, 118 St. Clair Dr., St. Simon's Is. GA 31522,  (912) 230-0204
  • Teen Challenge of Middle Georgia,  3729 US Hwy. 441 S,  Dublin GA 31021 , (478) 984-5252
  • The Fraser Center,  203 Mary Lou Dr. , Hinesville GA 31313,  (912) 369-7777
  • Unity Church of God,  1580 Sunset Blvd. , Jesup GA 31545 , (912) 530-6625
  • Wayne Counseling Center,  244 Peachtree St. , Jesup GA 31545,  (912) 427-9338

For Employees Only

  • Cameron & Associates (800) 334-6014
  • State Health Benefit Plan Member Services (800) 610-1863

 

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Locations

 

Waycross Alma Baxley
1701 Carswell Ave 101 West 17th St 1334 Golden Isles Pkwy, W
Waycross, Georgia 31503 Alma, Georgia 31510 Baxley, Georgia 31513
912.287.6584 912.632.0951 912.367.1700
877.332.8682    
  Camden Golden Isles
  8001 The Lakes Blvd 3700 Glynco Pkwy
  Kingsland, Georgia 31548 Brunswick, Georgia 31525
  912.510.3327 912.262.4999
     
  Hazlehurst Jesup
  677 Douglas Hwy 1777 West Cherry St
  Hazlehurst, Georgia 31539 Jesup, Georgia 31545
  912.379.0041 912.427.5800

 

 

 

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