Okefenokee Technical College 2012-2013 Catalog
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The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) are committed to providing all employees, students, volunteers, visitors, vendors and contractors a safe and secure workplace and/or academic setting. Unless otherwise provided by law, it is unlawful for any person to carry, to possess, or to have under such person’s control any firearm, weapon, or unlawful explosive compound at an OTC building, on OTC college property, or at an OTC sponsored/sanctioned function; or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the college. Note: this prohibition does not extend to a peace officer as defined by O.C.G.A. 35-8-2 when the individual is acting in the performance of his/her official duties or when en route to or from his/her official duties.
Explosive Compound is defined as any bomb or explosive, chemical, or biological material referenced in O.C.G.A. 16-7-81.
Firearm is defined as any operable or inoperable pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-11-27-1, or a machine gun, shotgun, sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, dangerous weapon or silencer as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-11-121.
Weapon is defined as any operable or inoperable object (or reasonable facsimile thereof) referenced in O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1., including but not limited to any knife with a blade two or more inches in length (e.g., switchblade, ballistic knife, etc.), straight-edge razor or razor blade, any bludgeon-type instrument (e.g., blackjack, bat or club), any flailing instrument (e.g., nun chuck or fighting chain), stun gun or taser, or weapon designed to be thrown (e.g., throwing star or oriental dart).
O.C.G.A. 16-11-127-1 specifically excludes any of these objects used for classroom work authorized by a teacher/instructor; any person employed as a campus police officer/security officer who is authorized to carry a weapon pursuant to Chapter 8 of Title 20; or, any person (e.g., maintenance staff) authorized in writing by a duly authorized college official (e.g., President or his/her designee) to have in his/her possession for use as a part of any activity conducted at any OTC workplace a weapon which would otherwise be prohibited by this Code section. The authorization shall specify the weapon(s) which have been authorized and the time period during which the authorization is valid.
Any employee who violates the provisions of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal as well as possible criminal prosecution.
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 OTC’s Student Code of Conduct as well as possible criminal prosecution.
Any volunteer or visitor who violates the provisions of this policy shall be subject to criminal prosecution.
Any vendor or contractor who violates the provisions of this policy shall be subject to the termination of his/her business relationship with OTC as well as possible criminal prosecution.
(This is a summary of II. C. 10 Firearms, Weapons, and Explosives Policy.)