Drug Free Campus

While on institutional grounds, which includes school-sponsored activities, institutional vehicles, and clinical affiliates, a student shall not possess, sell, use, transmit, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, a hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.  The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on college premises, in any facility, or at any function of Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) is prohibited and may be considered sufficient grounds for serious punitive action, including expulsion, and may be punishable by local, state, and federal law, which may include a fine, prison term, or both.

CPTC will impose sanctions on students that violate institutional procedure on unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by (1) temporary or permanent dismissal and (2) referral for prosecution. Note: The use of a drug as prescribed by a medical prescription written specifically for the user by a registered medical practitioner shall not be considered a violation of this rule.

Disciplinary sanctions for students convicted of a felony offense involving alcohol or the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of marijuana, controlled substances, or other illegal or dangerous drugs shall be immediate suspension and denial of further state and/or federal funds from the date of conviction. Specifically, in the case of a drug-related offense, the student shall minimally be suspended for the remainder of the semester and forfeit all academic credit for that period.

CPTC shall notify the appropriate state/federal funding agency within 10 days after receiving notice of the conviction from the student or otherwise after receiving the actual notice of conviction.

Within 30 days of notification of conviction, CPTC shall with respect to any student so convicted:

  • Take additional appropriate action against such student up to and including expulsion as it deems necessary.
  • Provide such student with a description of any drug or alcohol counseling treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs that are available for such purposes by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.

CPTC shall conduct a biennial review of its program to determine its effectiveness and implement changes to the program if they are needed and ensure that the sanctions required by the program are consistently enforced.

Health Risks 

Health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and/or the abuse of alcohol include but are not necessarily limited to: addiction/dependence, heart disorders, cancer, respiratory disorders, liver damage, brain damage, kidney damage, mental/social/emotional problems, intestinal disorders, AIDS, endocarditis, hepatitis, hallucination, impaired perception, paralysis, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, birth defects, behavioral problems, jaundice, convulsions, coma, and possible death.


Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Waycross


Greenleaf Center, Inc. – Valdosta


St. Simons By the Sea

8000-821-7224 or 800-234-0420

Georgia Drug and Alcohol Abuse Helpline


Georgia Crisis and Access Line


Federal Substance Abuse and Treatment


National Alcohol and Drug Information and Referrals

800-252-6465, #5