In support of the college’s mission and vision, the GGC CLAW (Creating Lives Active and Well) Committee, composed of student, faculty, and staff representation, promotes programs and services which contribute to “…a state of physical, social, and mental well-being.”

Standard of Conduct

Georgia law prohibits possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by those under the legal drinking age and prohibits making alcoholic beverages available to persons under the legal drinking age. Georgia Gwinnett College expects those who choose to use alcohol do so responsibly.

Applicable Legal Sanctions

Under Georgia and federal law, it is a crime to possess, manufacture, sell, or distribute illegal drugs. View the DEA site for a full description of federal laws.

In Georgia, spirits and liquor must be purchased in retail package stores.

Health Risks

Physical Signs of Abuse and Addiction

Alcohol and drug abuse affects the brain and one’s physiology in a very direct manner. Alcohol and drugs affect the entire body, from the brain to various organs. Signs of abuse and possible addiction can include:

  • Tremors and/or delayed motor skills, coupled with delayed speech or reaction times
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain, and a deterioration of physical appearance
  • Cycles of increased or diminished energy, restlessness, and inability to sleep
  • Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
  • Unusual smells on breath, body or clothing

Source: Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Joanna Saisan, M.S.W. contributed to this article. Last updated: January 2012.

Effects of Drug Use and Abuse

  • Tachycardia – elevated heart rate
  • Bradycardia – depressed heart rate
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • General Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Distorted Vision
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Delusions

Effects of Alcohol Abuse

  • Nervous system and brain cell damage
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Infection and chronic inflammation
  • Malnutrition
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes

Source: A Primer of Drug Action, 2001, by Robert M. Julien, M.D., Ph.D and in Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students: A Harm Reduction Approach, 1999, by Linda A. Dimeff, John S. Baer, Daniel R. Kivlahan, and G. Alan Marlatt.

Drug or Alcohol Counseling, Treatment or Rehabilitation

Alcohol, substance abuse, anxiety, stress, depression and/or related emotions are common given the everyday pressures of life. If you are struggling with any of these feelings, rest assured that you don't have to face these challenges alone. The following resources are available to you:

The Georgia Crisis and Access Line, 1.800.715.4225
24 hours/7 days a week

Insurance is not required. Please provide the counseling service provider with ID, proof of residency and proof of income.

Georgia Gwinnett College Counseling and Psychological Services

To make an appointment at the Counseling and Psychological Services, call 678.407.5592.

GGC Disciplinary Sanctions

Generally, the College conduct regulations shall apply to conduct which occurs on College premises. Further, the conduct regulations shall apply to conduct which occurs while a student is attending or participating in any College related activity wherever that activity may take place, or any behavior, on or off College premises, which adversely affects the College community or the pursuit of its objectives.

Proceedings under this code may be instituted against students charged with a violation of a municipal, state or federal law, when the alleged conduct is also a violation of this code. Proceedings under this code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with or following civil or criminal proceedings.

Questions related to the GGC CLAW Committee should be directed to Dr. Bill Rogers.