Alcohol, Drugs, and Weapons Possession

Alcohol and Drugs - Drug Free Campus

Volunteer State Community College seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that respects individual freedoms and pro­motes the health, safety, and welfare of its students, faculty, and staff.  In keeping with TBR policy 3:05:01:01, the use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages on university, community college, and college of applied technology owned or controlled property shall be prohibited except as provided by TBR policy 1:07:00:00.  VSCC has also adopted a drug free school and campus policy in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (20 U.S.C.3171, et. seq.) and strictly prohibits the use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or of any drug or controlled substance or sale or distribution of any such controlled substance on its campuses.  In making a good faith effort to maintain a drug-free campus, Volunteer State Community College networks with the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition (SCADC) in conjunction with the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Communities (CHASCo) and the Governors Highway Safety Office (GHSO) Booze It or Lose It program. 

The VSCC Campus Police Department is the primary contact for questions concerning drug and alcohol abuse and prevention and can be contacted by calling (615) 230-3595 or stopping by the main office located in the Wood Campus Center, Room 105. Please assist in maintaining the drug-free environment by reading the Drug-Free Campus Statement and by being aware of those around you and any changes in behaviors, routines or habits. Campus Police

Possession and Use of Weapons

As provided in Tennessee Code Annotated §39-17-1309, any unauthorized or illegal possession of, use of, or wearing of firearms or dangerous weapons of any kind shall not be permitted on the Volunteer State Community College campus. 

 Weapons shall include, though not exclusively, the following:

  • An explosive or an explosive weapon. Explosive weapon means any explosive, incendiary or poisonous gas bomb, grenade, rocket, mine or shell, missile or projectile that is designed, made or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury, death or substantial property damage.
  • A device principally designed, made or adapted for delivering or shooting an explosive weapon.
  • Any knife that has a blade that opens automatically by applied pressure, gravity or inertia, bowie knife, hawk bill knife, or other weapons of like kind.
  • Any other device used for infliction of serious bodily injury or death that has no common lawful purpose.

On July 1, 2016, T.C.A. § 39-17-1309(e)(9) was amended allowing full-time employees of public institutions of higher education who possess a valid handgun carry permit issued under T.C.A. § 39-17-1351 to carry a concealed handgun on property owned, operated, or controlled by VSCC.  The employee must be a full-time employee, must not be a current Volunteer State Community College student, and must possess a valid handgun carry permit. The employee must notify campus law enforcement. The employee must meet and abide by all requirements set forth by Tennessee Code Annotated §39-17-1309 and §39-17-1351, Tennessee Board of Regents P7:01:00:00, and VSCC Policy IX:01:00.

Possession solely for instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes is permitted with prior approval from the Chief of Police at Volunteer State Community College or his designee.