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.

Please assist in maintaining a 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.

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.

In accordance with T.C.A. § 39-17-1309(e)(11) and subject to the limitations set forth in Tennessee Board of Regents policy 7:01:00:00, full-time employees who possess a valid handgun carry permit/enhanced handgun carry permit and are authorized to carry a handgun under T.C.A. § 39-17-1351 may carry a handgun on property owned, operated, or controlled by the TBR institution at which they are employed, provided that they are not permitted to carry a handgun openly or in any manner in which the handgun is visible to ordinary observation, unless the employee is carrying, displaying, or employing the handgun in justifiable self-defense or in justifiable defense of another during the commission of a crime in which the employee or other person defended was a victim.

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 their designee.