College Sanctions


Sanctions for Violations
Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the disciplinary sanctions section. Questions on the interpretation of academic misconduct and policies shall be referred to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, while questions on the interpretation of student conduct other than academic misconduct shall be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Drugs, Alcohol and Other Substances
Substances referred to under this policy include all illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, and misused legal drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter).

A. Alcohol: Students must comply with all state and federal laws regulating alcohol as well as TCSG Policy II.C.6, Alcohol on Campus. Alcoholic beverages may not be served or sold at any student sponsored function. Students being in a state of intoxication on technical college premises or at technical college-sponsored or supervised functions (including off-campus functions), internships, externships, practicum, clinical sites, co-operative or academic sponsored programs or activities or in a technical college-owned vehicle is prohibited.

B. Controlled substances, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia: The technical college prohibits possession, use, sale, or distribution of any controlled substance, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law. Any influence which may be attributed to the use of drugs or of alcoholic beverages shall not in any way limit the responsibility of the individual for the conduct or consequences of his/her actions.

Disciplinary Sanctions
Based on the severity of the incident, the Vice President for Student Affairs may take one of two actions:

1. After a determination that a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the technical college president's designee may impose, without referral to the Hearing Body, one or more of the following sanctions. Notification shall be sent to the student and the person(s) who initially filed the complaint.

  1. Restitution – A student who has committed an offense against property may be required to reimburse the technical college or other owner for damage to or misappropriation of such property. Any such payment in restitution shall be limited to the actual cost of repair or replacement.
  2. Reprimand – A written reprimand may be given to any student. Such a reprimand does not restrict the student in any way, but it signifies to the student that he/she is in effect being given another chance to conduct himself/herself as a proper member of the technical college community, and that any further violation may result in more serious sanctions.
  3. Restriction – A restriction upon a student's privileges for a period of time may be imposed. This restriction may include but is not limited to denial of the right to represent the technical college in any way, denial of use of facilities, alteration or revocation of parking privileges, or restrictions from participating in extracurricular activities.
  4. Disciplinary Probation – Continued enrollment of a student on probation may be conditioned upon adherence to specified terms. Any student placed on probation will be notified of the terms and length of probation in writing. Any conduct determined after due process to be in violation of these terms while on probation may result in the imposition of more serious disciplinary sanctions, as specified by the terms of probation.

2. After a determination that a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the technical college president's designee may recommend the imposition of one of the following sanctions if appropriate. The Vice President for Student Affairs' recommendation will be forwarded to the Hearing Body, which may impose one or more of the following sanctions, as well as those described in section VI.C.1 above, following a hearing. A copy of the written recommendation shall be provided to the student and the person filing the complaint.

  1. Disciplinary Suspension – If a student is suspended, he/she is separated from the technical college for a stated period of time. Conditions of reinstatement, if any, must be stated in the notice of suspension.
  2. Disciplinary Expulsion – Removal and exclusion from the technical college, technical college controlled facilities, programs, events, and activities. A record of the reason for the student's dismissal is maintained by Vice President for Student Affairs or the technical college president's designee. Students who have been dismissed from the technical college for any reason may apply in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs for reinstatement twelve (12) months following the expulsion. If approval for reinstatement is granted, the student will be placed on disciplinary probation for a specified term. The probationary status may be removed at the end of the specified term at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs or the technical college president's designee.
  3. System Wide Expulsion - Where a student has been expelled or suspended three times from the same or different colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia in the past seven years, the student will not be permitted to register at any college in the Technical College System of Georgia for a period of ten years after the most recent expulsion/suspension.

Additional information on sanctions for violations can also be found in the student handbook or online at www.gptc.edu.

Employee Misconduct
Georgia Piedmont Technical College is concerned with the well-being of students and employees of the College. The College Board recognizes that a drug-free workplace encourages employee productivity and promotes the accomplishment of the board's missions and goals. In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, Georgia Piedmont Technical College Board prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of alcohol or a controlled substance in the workplace for all employees.

In accordance with the Technical College System of Georgia's policy III.O, Drug-Free Workplace, and the State Personnel Board Rule 478-1-.21, Georgia Piedmont Technical College will comply with policy to ensure that no employee, student, or visitor engages in the unlawful manufacture, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol on property of Georgia Piedmont Technical College or as part of any activity or event sponsored by Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Such unlawful activity will be considered sufficient grounds for serious punitive action, including possible suspension or dismissal.

Certain positions (sworn officers, security officers, and commercial truck drivers, etc.) will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. Positions subject to testing meet one of the following criteria:

  • Require certification under O.C.G.A. 35-8 (POST) and whose incumbents regularly perform high-risk work, and
  • Federal law requires alcohol/drug testing of employees who carry out safety-sensitive duties
  • Have been identified as performing duties that have the potential for causing significant harm to self or others.

The Office of Human Resources will consult with TCSG HR to determine those positions that should be included in the pre and post-employment drug testing program.

All employees may be subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing. Applicants and employees will be notified of these testing requirements

Employee Arrest and Disposition/Conviction
All employees are required to report any post-employment arrest, as well as the subsequent disposition of the pending charge(s) (e.g., conviction, plea of nolo contendere, dismissal, etc.), to his/her immediate supervisor or reviewing manager no later than two (2) business days following the arrest and, later, the final disposition. NOTE: Applicable provisions of the federal Drug-free Workplace Act of 1988 pertaining to work done under federal contracts or grants stipulate that the TCSG must notify the appropriate federal funding agency of a criminal drug statute conviction (by a covered employee) occurring in the workplace within ten (10) days after receiving notice of the conviction.

Pursuant to the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 45-23-4(a), any employee convicted for the first time of a drug-related criminal offense shall be suspended without pay for a period of not less than two (2) months and are allowed to return to duty only after completion of a drug abuse treatment and education program licensed under the provisions of Chapter 5 of Title 26 and approved by the System Office or technical college. Pursuant to the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 45-23-6, additional disciplinary action may be delivered up to and including dismissal from employment.

Pursuant to the provisions of O.C.G.A.§ 45-23-4(b), any employee convicted for a second or subsequent time of a drug-related criminal offense shall be dismissed from employment and shall be ineligible for other public employment for a period of five (5) years from the date of the most recent conviction.

NOTE: Disciplinary action for positions covered by the Drug-free Workplace Act of 1988 must be taken no later than thirty (30) days following notification of the conviction.

An employee arrested or convicted (including a plea of nolo contendere) of violating any criminal drug statute must notify the Director of Human Resources in writing of each arrest or conviction within five (5) days.

An employee's failure to provide notification of an arrest, conviction, or final disposition of an outstanding charge may result in the delivery of disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment.

Reporting Violations

Violations by an Employee
An alleged violation of the Employee and Student Drug and Alcohol Policy should be reported to the employee's supervisor(s) and the appropriate Vice President.

Violations by a Student
An alleged violation of the Employee and Student Drug and Alcohol Policy by a student should be reported immediately to the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Police Department by completing the "Reporting Violations of the Code of Student Conduct" form.