The abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs by members of the University of Georgia community are incompatible with the goals of the institution. In order to further the University’s commitment to provide a healthy and productive educational environment, and in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the University has established the following policy on alcohol and other drugs.
Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drug UseIt is unlawful to sell, furnish, or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age is illegal. UGA Police strictly enforce such laws. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution, disciplinary action, fine, and imprisonment. The possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws on the University campus. UGA Police strictly enforces such laws. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution, disciplinary action, fine, and imprisonment.
Substance Abuse EducationThe University Health Center’s Health Promotion Department offers UGA students prevention, early intervention, and support services through The Fontaine Center to address alcohol and other drug abuse. The courts in Athens-Clarke County also offer an educational and treatment program known as Drug Court for felony drug and repeat DUI offenders. The program is a joint effort between the Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County, the Solicitor General, Local Law Enforcement, Bar Association including the Public Defender’s Office, Probation Office, Court Program Coordinator, and licensed substance abuse treatment professionals to offer alternatives to incarceration for drug and alcohol offenders. The program consists of individual counseling, group therapy, education, monitoring, and regular drug testing.
Student ConductThe University of Georgia’s student conduct regulations prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and other drugs by students and student organizations. The regulations also prohibit other alcohol- and drug-related misconduct. All students under the age of 21 are prohibited from the possession and consumption of alcohol. All students are prohibited from use and possession of illegal drugs or controlled substances. Sanctions for violations of these student conduct regulations may include alcohol and/or other drug (AOD) education, probation, community service, suspension, and/or expulsion. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has given colleges/universities the option to notify parents/guardians about specific types of information from a student’s conduct record. The Office of Student Conduct will notify parents/ guardians the first time and any subsequent time a student is found to have violated Code of Conduct policies on the use or possession of alcohol or other drugs when he/she is under the age of 21.
UGA Responsible Action ProtocolStudents are encouraged to make responsible decisions in life-threatening situations that result from alcohol and/or other drug abuse and to seek medical attention for someone who is in danger because of intoxication. Students should alert University officials, UGA Police or Athens-Clarke County police, or professional medical personnel when they or their friends are in danger. A student who calls for or seeks emergency assistance on behalf of a student experiencing an alcohol or other drug related emergency, including themselves, as well as the student for whom emergency assistance is requested, may not be subject to mandatory alcohol and other drug sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct. For more information about the purpose, scope, requirements and limitations of the Protocol, see https://conduct.uga.edu/content_page/responsible-action-protocol-content-page.
Definitions Relating to Alcohol and Other Drug ViolationsPossession of alcohol or drugs refers, but is not limited, to holding, no matter the duration, alcohol or illegal drugs/ controlled substances in hand or, having them in one’s clothing, purse/book bag (or similar case), automobile, residence, or other personal belonging. Consumption of alcohol refers to the act of drinking or ingesting any amount of an alcoholic beverage. Use of drugs refers to the act of ingesting, inhaling, drinking, eating, and/or any other method of introducing an illegal drug or controlled substance into one’s body. Distribution of drugs refers to the sharing of illegal drugs/controlled substances with or giving them to others. Sale of drugs refers to the exchange of illegal drugs/controlled substances for money or other forms of compensation (sale). Facilitating the possession/use of alcohol or drugs refers to the act of allowing others to possess, consume, or use alcohol or illegal drugs/controlled substances in one’s residence or automobile. A Level I violation is defined as possession, use, or facilitating the possession/use of alcohol. A Level II violation includes, but is not limited to, any violation involving the operation of a motor vehicle after consumption of alcohol and/or use of drugs, acts of violence, destruction of property, or disorderly conduct while using alcohol or drugs; or intoxication level that requires medical treatment or results in medical personnel being called, even if treatment is refused; and any drug related violation. All students found in violation of Alcohol and Other Drug related misconduct through the University’s conduct process will receive sanctions as outlined below.
First Violation Sanctions for Individual StudentsThese minimum sanctions will be imposed for all first violations listed below:
- First violation for possession (not consumption) of alcohol, or facilitating the possession (not consumption) of alcohol by others: Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) education program and probation for six (6) months from the date of resolution.
- First violation for consumption, use, or distribution of alcohol, facilitating the use of alcohol by others, or disruptive or disorderly conduct caused by the influence of alcohol: Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) education program and probation for twelve (12) months from the date of resolution.
- First violation for illegal use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs/controlled substances: Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) education program and probation for twelve (12) months from the date of resolution.
- First violation for sale of illegal drugs or controlled substances: Suspension from the institution.
Subsequent Violation Sanctions for Individual StudentsSanctions will likely include at least ONE of the following:
Subsequent violations while on probation: Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) education program, additional probation, community service hours, suspension from the institution.*Additional sanctions may be determined by the level of the violation (I or II), circumstances of the case and the student’s prior record, including conditions of probation from any prior record.
Subsequent Violation Sanctions Involving Motor Vehicle OperationAny subsequent violation, while on probation for a prior alcohol/drug violation, involving operation of a motor vehicle after consumption of alcohol and/or use of drugs: Suspension from the institution. Any second violation, regardless of probation status, involving operation of a motor vehicle after consumption of alcohol and/or use of drugs when a prior violation also involved operation of a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or using drugs: Suspension from the institution.
Violations after SuspensionSanctions will likely include at least ONE of the following:
Any alcohol or drug related violation after suspension: Suspension from the institution, probation, appropriate AOD program, expulsion from the institution.*Additional sanctions may be determined by the level of the violation (I or II), circumstances of the case, and the student’s prior record, including the conditions of probation from any prior record.
Two or More Violations (separate incidents) while Not on ProbationIn cases where students are referred to the Office of Student Conduct for an additional alcohol/drug related violation that occurs before the resolution of any prior alcohol/drug related violation or pending case – sanctions will be determined by the conduct officer or hearing panel but should be no less than those outlined under the heading subsequent violation sanction based on type of violation.
Additional SanctionsThe findings of fact, any particular circumstances, and prior record of the student will be factors considered when determining other appropriate sanctions that may be imposed.
Possible Ramifications of SuspensionStudents who are suspended from the University for any length of time should be aware that this action may have an impact on the following:
- Tuition, Residence Hall costs, and fees (suspension does not forgive financial obligations)
- Student Financial Aid including HOPE Scholarship
- Athletic participation and eligibility
- Health insurance (contact your personal health care provider)
- University Housing
- Meal Plan
- Use of University resources and access to University facilities
- Immigration status for international students
- Status and benefits of veterans and dependents of veterans
- Internships, assistantships, and study abroad
- Class Withdrawal