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Protecting Students

ABAC seeks to provide students with the ability to learn in a safe environment. Through the various protective measures, ABAC ensures that campus will remain a safe place for students to learn and grow as individuals.

Campus Law Enforcement

Campus law enforcement’s goal is to “protect the students, faculty, staff and visitors, their property and the property of ABAC.” ABAC’s law enforcement team conducts a variety of jobs to keep the campus safe including conducting investigations, gathering information, making arrests, serving search warrants, notifying other law enforcement agencies and assisting victims of crime. The Department maintains a good relationship with Tifton Police Department and legal departments of Tifton.

Personnel

The ABAC Police Department is staffed by police officers who graduate from an approved police training program, usually right here on the ABAC campus. In this academy, officers are trained over a ten week period in the use of force, firearms, and other weapons. Other topics include report writing, interpersonal skills, and techniques of arrest and investigation.

ABAC Police Officers patrol the campus using vehicle patrol and foot patrol. The officers are armed and wear an easily recognized uniform. Vehicles used for patrol are marked. ABAC Police personnel are on duty 24 hours a day throughout the year.

Lighting

One of ABAC’s priorities is to ensure that the walking areas on campus are well lit. Additional and improved lighting is continuously being added to enhance the security of the campus. College officials periodically check the campus and report any lighting deficiencies. If you are aware of lighting problems, please call the ABAC Police Department during business hours.

Building Security

Buildings at ABAC are secured as soon as possible after the office closes or classes end. ABAC Police Department will require authorization to unlock the secured buildings. The ABAC Police Department officers conduct personal patrols of the buildings and check the doors and windows to secure the campus. Residences halls require student identification for entry. The house directors and resident assistants conduct periodic patrols of their assigned buildings.

Emergency Phones

There are twenty four emergency phones located at strategic locations throughout the interior of campus and in every parking lot. In case of an emergency, simply open the door and a call will be electronically transmitted to the ABAC Police Department giving the location of the phone being used. If the situation permits, press the button on the inside which allows you to talk directly to a ABAC Police officer and relay to the officer the exact nature of your emergency.

Alcohol on Campus

Alcohol beverages are prohibited from the Abraham Baldwin College campus. Students who are found in possession of alcohol on campus may be referred to the Student Judiciary. The legal age for drinking and possessing alcohol in the state of Georgia is 21. The law states that any individual who is underage or anyone who supplies alcohol to anyone who is underage is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Firearms

Weapons are not permitted on the ABAC campus. It is a violation of state law to possess a firearm or other weapon on campus or within 1,000 feet of campus.

The following weapons are prohibited:
“any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of three or more inches, straight-edge razor, spring stick, metal knuckles, blackjack, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or any weapon of like kind.”

Drugs on Campus

The possession of any illegal drug is prohibited on campus property. The ABAC Police Department enforces all drug laws. ABAC also encourages a drug-free community and complies with the Drug Free Work Place Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.