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Georgia Southwestern State University accepts a responsibility to educate its students on the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and to adopt policies and procedures designed to minimize the incidents involving the high-risk use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.  Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education programs are coordinated through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities in conjunction with the Task Force on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD), Health and Counseling Services, and the iHelp Peer Educators. 

Any student violating any policy of the Student Code of Conduct that relates to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs or that the use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs contributed to or was related to that student’s violation will be assigned sanctions as outlined: 

First offense: The student will be required to sign up for and successfully complete the GSW Social Responsibility Education Program at the next available offering.   In addition, the student may be required to attend workshops presented by Health and Counseling Services or the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, complete online training sessions, write a response paper following the program, and complete a student conduct evaluation form. 

Second offense: The student will be required to repeat all sanctions described as part of the first offense, with some additional requirements. The additional requirements may include an appointment with Health and Counseling Services or Wellness Counseling with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and an extended curriculum version of the Social Responsibility Education Program.  A clinical assessment may be necessary to determine if addiction counseling or other treatments should be recommended.  If the student is under the age of 21, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities may choose to notify the student’s parents of this second violation of the Student Code of Conduct. 

Third offense: The student will be suspended for a minimum of one semester.  In addition, he or she will be referred to Alcohol/Drug addiction counselling, such as Middle Flint Behavioral Health Care Service, for proper evaluation and must complete his or her addiction education program. Only after providing verification of completion of the educational program, may the student return to school. 

This is the plan created by the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Task Force as a guideline for the minimum amount of student conduct sanctioning and educational support to be provided for a student for any violation of the Student Code of Conduct as it relates to alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.  It does not supersede a student’s judicial status when the student is on a probationary status for any previous violations. 

GSW Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force 
Georgia Southwestern State University is committed to support and comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226, Section 22, subpart B) as an Institution of Higher Education. The law under this act now covers both drugs and alcohol, and relates to faculty, staff and students. Therefore, the entire campus community of Georgia Southwestern State University is under the mandate to comply.  This committee has been charged with ensuring compliance with the aforementioned federal mandates. 

The Task Force on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Committee is a standing committee of Georgia Southwestern State University. The Task Force shall focus on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education, prevention and intervention for the GSW campus community. The Task Force shall: 

  • Provide continual guidance and support to ensure that the 1989 amendments (Part 86) to the "Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act" regulations are being followed; 
  • Develop a strategic plan for GSW on ATOD issues. This will include the assignment of sub-committees to accomplish strategic plan tasks; 
  • Make recommendations or modifications to any current GSW drug, alcohol, or tobacco policies; 
  • Establish and assess programs to educate and provide interventions to students who violate current GSW alcohol, tobacco, and other drug policies as well as any federal, state or local laws; 
  • Oversee the general education of the campus community in relation to policies, laws, and risks associated with ATOD issues including programming, classes, seminars, and workshops; 
  • Collaborate with GSW's iHelp Peer Educators to provide quality educational programming in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs for the campus community; 
  • Provide training for task force members and peer educators on ATOD issues; 
  • Provide financial support for GSW education and prevention programs; 
  • Assess the university environment surrounding perceptions and use of survey; and 
  • Collaborate with members of the community to ensure a community approach to ATOD education.


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