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Alcohol and Drug Policy


Alcohol and Drug Policy

The possession, sale or the furnishing of alcohol on the PIT campus is governed by Georgia state law. Laws regarding the possession, sale, consumption or furnishing of alcohol is controlled by the Georgia Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control. However, the enforcement of alcohol laws on campus is the primary responsibility of the Morrow Police Department. PIT campus has been designated “Drug free” and under no circumstance is the consumption of alcohol permitted. The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the Morrow Police Department. Violators are subject to disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and imprisonment. It 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 in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal. It is also a violation of the PIT Alcohol Policy for anyone to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private area of campus. Individuals violating alcohol/substance policies or laws may be subject to sanctions by PIT.

Treatment

The use of drugs and alcohol can have a detrimental effect on a person’s health. These effects can be permanent and can lead to severe physical and psychological impairment, disability and premature death. The misuse and abuse of alcohol, over-the-counter medication or illicit drugs, affect the health and well-being of millions of Americans. The following agencies provide information on substance abuse:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous — 1-800-839-1686 (24 hour answering service)
  • Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Refer Hotline — 1-800-662-HELP
  • Focus on Recovery for Alcohol & Substance Abuse — 1-800-888-9383 (24-hour active help line)

Legal Sanctions

Students must be aware that significant criminal penalties exist under state and federal laws for the unlawful possession or distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs. Violation of these provisions by a student may lead to the imposition of disciplinary sanction, up to and including suspension or expulsion. Pacific Institute of Technology employees are also subject to disciplinary sanctions for violation of these provisions occurring on the Institute property or any work site during work time, up to and including termination for employment. Referral for criminal prosecution may occur where appropriate.

Alcohol Offenses

Possession of or attempt to purchase alcohol by a person under 21 years of age

$300 fine, up to 3 years probation, 20 hours of community service and up to 6 months in jail DUI

1st offense: $750 – $1,000 fine, 40 hours community service, jail 10 days to 12 months (all except 24 hours of jail time may be suspended or probated)

Over age 21: driver’s license suspended for one year, may get limited driving permit (go to work and school) after DUI school in 120 days

Under age 21: license revoked 6-12 months depending on blood alcohol level, no limited driving permit issued

Providing alcohol to a person under age 21
$1,000 fine, 12 months probation, up to 12 months in jail

Illicit Drug Offenses

Purchase/Possession of controlled substance
Felony: $1,000 fine, 2 to 15 years in jail

Trafficking controlled substance (not marijuana)
Felony: $100,000 to $1 million fine, 5 to 15 years in jail

Possession of 1 ounce or less marijuana
Misdemeanor: Fine up to $1,000, 12 months jail

Possession of more than 1 ounce marijuana
Felony: 1 – 10 years jail

Trafficking marijuana
Felony: Fine up to $100,000; 1 to 5 years jail or probation

Trafficking marijuana to minor
Felony: Fine up to $250,000; 2 to 20 years in jail

College Disciplinary Sanctions for Alcohol/Drug Offenses

A federal or state drug conviction may disqualify a student from receiving federal student aid. Convictions occurring during a period of enrollment in which the student was receiving federal student aid are counted against students for aid eligibility purposes, as indicated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The following chart indicates the financial aid suspension period for related offenses.

Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense 2 years from date of conviction Indefinite Period
3rd + Offense Indefinite Period Indefinite Period

A student may regain eligibility prior to the end of the period of ineligibility if he/she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program that includes passing two unannounced drug tests and if he/she passes two unannounced drug tests administered by such a program, or if the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered invalid. A rehabilitation program is considered qualified if it meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • It is qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • It is qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • It is administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • It is administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Sheet from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of National Drug Control Policy for more information at:

www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ondcp/recovery/fafsa.pdf

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

PIT will not tolerate domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or other forms of sexual misconduct. Offenders may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, and/or criminal procedures. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment and all PIT employees and students are expressly prohibited from engaging in any form of harassing behavior or conduct.

It is the policy of PIT that all students shall be provided an environment free of unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), discrimination and retaliation. All students and employees are expressly prohibited from engaging in any form of unlawful harassing, discriminating, intimidating or retaliatory behavior or prohibited conduct in all interactions with each other. Visitors to campuses also shall not engage in prohibited conduct and may be barred for such conduct if other corrective measures are ineffective. Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. Bystanders are individuals who observe evidence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but choose not to intervene, speak up or do something about it because they may not always know what to do even if they want to help. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1.

The National Network to End Domestic Abuse states that if you are in an abusive relationship, it is important to get support. If you find that you don’t have anyone to talk to, consider calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) or a domestic violence program in your area. Hotline operators are specially trained in domestic violence and are available 24 hours a day to provide resources, help with options to stay safe or just to listen.

PIT educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through various printed material. The Police Department offers sexual assault education and information programs to PIT students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education and risk reduction are available through the PIT Human Resource Office.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. PIT strongly advocates that a victim of a sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to the Morrow Police Department. Filing a police report will:

  • ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim;
  • provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam);
  • assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

When a sexual assault victim contacts the Police Department, the victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and PIT, or only the latter. A representative from the Morrow Police Department will guide the victim. Support services outside the school system can be obtained through the Georgia Office of Victim Services 1-800-436-7442.

Legal Sanctions

A student found guilty of violating PIT’s sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from PIT for the first offense. Student victims have the option to change their academic situations after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (CSCPA) of 2000 is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at, or employed at, institutions of higher education. The CSCPA is an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act. The federal law requires state law enforcement agencies (in Georgia, it is the Georgia Bureau of Investigation) to provide PIT with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are enrolled, employed or carrying on a vocation at PIT.

PIT is required to inform the campus community that a GBI registration list of sex offenders will be maintained and available. In addition, a list of all registered sex offenders in Georgia is available from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at http://gbi.georgia.gov/georgia-sex-offender-registry. The CSCPA further amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to clarify that nothing in the Act can prohibit an educational institution from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders. This statement is provided in compliance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000.

Firearms and Weapons Policy

All members of the PIT community, including students, faculty, staff, as well as visitors are prohibited from possessing firearms, explosives, weapons, or any items that may be construed as such on the premises of the Institute. This prohibition applies regardless of whether a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor with the exception of certified and licensed law enforcement personnel who are authorized to carry a firearm are permitted to do so while on duty on PIT property.

Access to Campus Facilities

During business hours, the College will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours, access to all campus facilities may be limited. In the case of periods of extended closing, PIT will admit only those approved by a member of faculty and/or staff.