When Georgia Tech students are found responsible for violating provisions of the Student Code of Conduct or Housing Policy related to alcohol and other drugs, the following guidance is provided regarding sanctioning. This guidance is not intended to provide specific behavioral and sanction guidelines. Hearing Officers are encouraged to consider mitigating and  aggravating circumstances as well as the individual circumstances of the incident. This revised model takes effect August 13, 2012.

Incident Type: LOW

Possible Sanctions
  • Warning (Disciplinary and/or Housing)
  • Probation (Disciplinary and/or Housing)
  • AlcoholEdu ($75 payment required)
  • Marijuana 101 ($35 payment required)
  • eCheckup to Go (Not to be sanctioned with MSB)
  • Restitution
  • Community Service
  • Research Paper
  • Reflective Reading Assignment/Paper
  • Restriction of Privileges (attending football games, participating in events, etc.)
Examples of Behavior
  • Student under the age of 21 confronted while in possession, or during consumption of alcohol.
  • Student 21 years or older in an unauthorized area in possession or consuming alcohol.
  • Student is in possession of false/fake identification.
  • Playing a drinking game where alcohol is being consumed and is visible.
  • Alcohol is present in a student’s residence hall room where the student is under the age of 21, but the alcohol is not being consumed.
  • Drug paraphernalia with residue is present but not being utilized.
  • Second occurrence of another low level behavior.


Possible Sanctions
  • Probation (Disciplinary and/or Housing)
  • Housing Removal
  • Suspension Held in Abeyance
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Applicable sanctions listed under the “Low” Incident Type.
  • Mandated Alcohol and Other Drug
  • Assessment at the Counseling Center ($50 payment required)

As a result of the assessment, possible directives may include:

  • On- or off-campus treatment recommendations
Examples of Behavior
  • Student of any age transported for medical care due to alcohol or drug consumption.
  • Student demonstrating intoxication.
  • Endangering self or others while consuming alcohol or other drugs (fighting, using a weapon, threats, intimidation, climbing buildings, encouraging others to drink, etc.).
  • Alcohol or drug abuse is evident.
  • Providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 (student or non-student).
  • Any drug possession (regardless of amount) or consumption.
  • Drug paraphernalia is present and there is a suspicion of distribution.
  • Second violation of a low level behavior or second violation of a moderate/high behavior.

Mitigating Circumstances – Student is cooperative through the incident, shows remorse, or the student accepts actions and how their actions affected their community.

Aggravating Circumstances – Student is difficult or resistant to resolve the matter, student does not understand how their actions impact others, student continues to justify behavior, amount of alcohol or blood alcohol level, amount of drugs found or other paraphernalia, or if the student has had repeated contact regarding the issue.

Alcohol and Other Drug Sanctioning Guidance
As of 6/13/2023 3:03 p.m.