2016-2017 Semester Catalog

Campus Security

Campus Security Policies and Crime

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. This includes information on criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus and the college’s response, policies concerning security and access to facilities, sexual harassment complaint procedures, and personal awareness and responsibilities of students to prevent and report crime. Annual crime statistics for offenses reported to the college and/or local police agencies are compiled and posted on the college website. Notification is given to current students and employees when the annual report is published prior to October 1. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, written reports, and information can be obtained from the safety and security director and campus managers.

Student Parking

The college has designated areas for student parking. All full and part-time students, faculty and staff are required to display a campus parking permit on his or her vehicle and to park in designated areas. There is no charge for the parking permit.

Not properly displaying a parking permit or parking in an unauthorized area such as handicapped spaces, on yellow curbs, in designated visitor, faculty, or staff parking, may result in the vehicle being towed, parking citations, and/or disciplinary action. Citations will also be issued to vehicles not following the speed limit, driving recklessly, or performing other actions deemed to be a safety risk for pedestrians. Parking permits are distributed at registration.

Weapons Policy

  1. Unless otherwise provided by law, it is unlawful for any person to carry, possess, or have under such person’s control any firearm, weapon, or unlawful explosive compound while on technical college property to include all campus and off-site work locations; at a technical college sanctioned function; or, on a bus or other means of transportation furnished by the college.
  2. Unless otherwise provided by law, it is unlawful for any person to carry a weapon (i.e., a knife or handgun) or a long gun while in a government building or a building occupied, in part, by a government entity.
  3. Unless otherwise provided by law, it is an express violation of policy for any individual to use, possess, manufacture, distribute, maintain, transport, or receive any of the following in the System Office or on technical college property to include all campus and off-site work locations, or at any college sanctioned function:
    1. any firearm or weapon whether operable or inoperable as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1 or any facsimile thereof, including, but not limited to paintball guns, BB guns, potato guns, air soft guns, or any device that propels a projectile of any kind;
    2. any dangerous weapon, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun or rifle, hotgun or silencer as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-11-121;
    3. any bacteriological weapon, biological weapon, destructive device, detonator, explosive, incendiary, or over-pressure device, or poison gas as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-7-80.
    4. any explosive compound/material defined in O.C.G.A. 16-7-81; or,
    5. any hoax device, replica of a destructive device or configuration of explosive materials with the appearance of a destructive device, including, but not limited to, fake bombs, packages containing substances with the appearance of chemical explosives or toxic materials.
  4. Personal Possession (Carrying) of a Weapon – the possession of a valid firearms permit and/or a valid license to carry a concealed weapon does not permit any individual (e.g., staff, student, etc) to carry a weapon on their person on any technical college campus, satellite campus or other work site, or at any college sanctioned event.
  5. Vehicle in Transit – an individual over the age of 21 who holds a valid firearms permit or license to carry a concealed weapon may possess a weapon on their person in his/her vehicle or may keep a weapon in a locked compartment of, in a locked container in, or in a locked firearms rack in a motor vehicle when in transit on technical college property.
  6. Parked Vehicle – the driver of a vehicle parked on the property of any technical college (including the personal vehicle of a student, System Office, or technical college employee) may keep a firearm in his/her vehicle provided the weapon is locked out of sight within the vehicle’s trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment or areas within the vehicle. Note: this provision applies to those drivers possessing a valid Georgia weapons carry license or who are otherwise authorized by law to carry or possess a firearm/weapon.

Corrective Action

Any technical college student who violates the provisions of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion consistent with guidelines of the Student Code of Conduct as well as possible criminal prosecution.

Tobacco Policy

In the interest of better promoting the health of our staff and students, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a tobacco-free environment. Smoking and use of other tobacco products (e.g., smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes) will not be permitted on any college campus to include, but not limited to, campus buildings, sidewalks, parking lots, building entrances and common areas, and in college-owned vehicles.

Monitoring of this policy shall be the responsibility of the security personnel, faculty, and staff. Those students found violating this policy will be governed by the following:

First Offense

Warning

Second Offense

Referral by the security personnel, faculty, or staff to the supervisor of the area in which the offense occurs.

Additional Offenses

Referral by the supervisor of the area to the Student Disciplinary Officer for further action based on the Student Code of Conduct and treated as other disciplinary issues per the policies outlined in the GNTC Catalog and/or the Student Handbook.