Alcoholic beverages are not to be brought onto or used on the College premises or at other locations where authorized College activities are held. The sale or attempted sale of alcohol on the College premises or at any College-sponsored event is prohibited.
The sale, attempted sale, use of, or possession of any illegal, dangerous, or controlled drugs on the College premises or at any College-sponsored event is prohibited. This does not include use or possession of medication prescribed by a physician.
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 USC 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 charges of drug trafficking within 1,000 feet of Savannah Technical College may face penalties of prison terms and fines that are twice as high as the regular penalties for the offense, with a mandatory prison sentence of at least one year [21 U.S.C. sec. 845 (a).].
1. Students indicted for possession or sale of illegal drugs, alcohol, and/or other mind-altering substances will be suspended from school, forfeit all claim to financial aid, and may be requested to repay all previously received financial aid.
2. If a student is convicted (including a plea of nolo contendere) of committing certain felony offenses involving any criminal drug and/or alcohol statute of any jurisdiction, regardless of whether the alleged violations occurred at the College or elsewhere, the student will be suspended immediately and denied state and/or federal funds from the date of conviction.
3. The College shall notify the appropriate state/federal funding agency within ten (10) days after receiving notice of the conviction from the student or otherwise after receiving the actual notice of conviction.
4. Within thirty (30) days of notification of conviction, the College shall, with respect to any student so convicted, take additional appropriate action against such student up to and including expulsion, as it deems necessary.
Smoking is allowed in designated areas only. This is due to state/federal smoking regulations and protection of persons covered within the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons found smoking in areas other than the gazebo will be subject to disciplinary procedures as designated by the policies and procedures of Savannah Technical College.
No person shall physically abuse, threaten, or intimidate any member of the faculty, staff, or student body or any official visitor to the College. Infringement of rights of others is defined to include, but not limited to the following:
- Physical or verbal abuse inflicted upon another person;
- Severe emotional distress inflicted upon another person;
- Theft, destruction, damage or misuse of the private property of members of the College community, occurring on campus or off campus during any College approved activity; and
- Sexual harassment.
- Theft, damage, or malicious destruction of property belonging to the College, visitors to the College, or any member of the College community is prohibited.
- No persons shall assemble on campus for the purpose of creating a riot or any disruptive or disorderly diversion, which interferes with normal educational processes and operations of the College. This rule shall not be construed so as to deny any student the right to peaceful assembly.
- Gambling on the campus is prohibited.
- No person shall interfere with, fail to cooperate with, or fail to make proper identification when requested to do so by properly identified administrators or staff in the performance of their duties.
- Unauthorized entry into or use/occupation of College facilities, which are locked, closed to student activities, otherwise restricted to use, or not reserved for use through the proper College authorities is prohibited.
- Falsification, alteration, fabrication, or misuse of College forms, documents, records, or identification cards is prohibited.
- The operation or promotion of student organizations not approved by the College administration is prohibited.
- The dissemination on campus of publications which do not bear the name of the originator or which are not created in accordance with College rules and regulations is prohibited.
- Students shall not bring food or drink into any area of the building other than the snack bar or other designated areas.
- Trash/waste receptacles are provided. Persons found littering on campus will be subject to disciplinary procedures as designated by the policies and procedures of Savannah Technical College.
- Areas have been set aside for socializing and interacting and these activities are encouraged between students. However, hallways and areas adjacent to classrooms are not to be used for gathering and/or socializing due to the noise, which inevitably results. The primary function of Savannah Technical College is to provide knowledge and instruction. All persons entering the campus are expected to respect this mission, and will be asked to relocate should their activities prove to be a potential interference with ongoing classes.
- Students will exercise all safety precautions given by faculty regarding the use of supplies, tools, and equipment. Students are not to use any equipment except under the supervision of the faculty. It is desirable that no accidents occur, however the student shall report all incidents regardless of how minor, to the instructor immediately. Instructors will make an incident report to the Vice President of Administrative Services. All students shall help maintain safe working conditions or report any unsafe practices being conducted.
- Students must respect safety violations, including intentional false reporting of a fire or placing any explosive device on school property; tampering with fire-fighting equipment, safety devices, or other emergency or safety equipment; unauthorized sale, possession, furnishing, or use of any incendiary device or bomb.
Firearms, explosives, fireworks, or weapons of any kind are not to be brought onto the College premises or to any College-sponsored event.
It is unlawful for an individual to bring to, possess, or have under such person's control, any explosive compound, firearm, or knife designed for the purpose of offense or defense while at a public gathering (O.C.G.A. 16-11-127). Having a license to carry a pistol is not considered justification under this policy.
Also prohibited on technical college campuses, in stated-owned vehicles, or at technical college functions, are other dangerous weapons including straight razors, blackjacks, any knife having a blade of three inches or more, bowie knife, switchblade knife, throwing knife, metal knuckles, spring sticks, any flailing instrument with two or more rigid parts hinged such that one or more parts can swing freely, nun chucks, fighting chains, any disk having two or more points or blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled, or other objects that may reasonably pose a danger to the health and safety of students, instructors, or any individuals.
This policy exempts law enforcement officers, judges, magistrates, solicitors, district attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, and employees of the Department of Corrections, or employees of local or federal correctional facilities who are authorized to carry a firearm. Also exempt are persons employed as campus police or security officers who are authorized to carry a weapon in accordance with Chapter 8, Title 20, and private detectives/security agents who hold firearms permits issued by the Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies. Also exempt is any legal weapon carried in a locked container, locked compartment or locked gun rack in a privately owned vehicle.
According to the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A 16-11-106), violation of this law can result in the following punishment: A fine of not more than $10,000; Imprisonment for not less than two (2) or more than ten (10) years, or both. A juvenile who violates this shall be subject to the provision of O.C.G.A. 15-11-37.