Tobacco-Free Policy

Table of Contents:

Summary
Policy
Definitions
Other Related Information
Procedures
Forms
Authority
History
Appendices

Summary

This policy governs the use of tobacco and tobacco products on College property.

Policy

The Paul Smith’s College policy on tobacco use is:

1. Smoking is prohibited in all of the college’s buildings, including all residence halls, and is not allowed within 25 feet of any campus building or in any College-owned vehicle. Employees who smoke are expected to respect the choice of non-smokers by avoiding entrances, porches and open windows.

2. Tobacco use is prohibited in the Joan Weill Adirondack Library, the Saunders Sports Complex, all residence halls, classrooms as may be required by faculty and in other indoor space as may be determined by the College.

3. The College will develop and implement a transition plan leading to the creation of a tobacco-free campus by August 1, 2014, at which time this policy will be revised.

4. Enforcement of and compliance with tobacco use policies will depend upon the respectful cooperation of all faculty, staff and students. Repeat violators may be subject to disciplinary action appropriate to the situation.

Definitions

“Tobacco” is defined as any tobacco or tobacco-derived product, including snuff, chewing tobacco and similar products. “Smoking” means the burning of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco or is intended to simulate the effect of tobacco, as well as e-cigarettes.

“Disciplinary action” includes verbal or written reprimand, referral for mandatory counseling, suspension and termination of employment.

“Campus/College Property” means the lakefront “main campus” area comprising the academic, administrative and residential buildings, and including the soccer field, sugar bush and Saranac Lake Residence Hall.

Other Related Information

New York State banned smoking in the workplace in the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2003. A place of employment is any indoor area or portion thereof under control of the employer in which employees of the employer perform services. These areas include, but are not limited to, company vehicles, offices, hallways, restrooms, employee cafeterias and lounges and copy rooms. This statute does not preclude an employer from establishing a policy that is more restrictive than the terms of the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2003.

Procedures

Students and employees of the College are expected to refrain from tobacco use on college property as currently prescribed in this policy and as additional restrictions become effective between now and August 1, 2014.

Forms

Incidents of non-compliance with this policy should be reported on the Incident Report Form and submitted to the Office of Campus Safety.

Authority

The policy is issued under the authority of the President and Executive Cabinet of the College.

History

The College has complied with the Clean Indoor Air Act since 2003. Its institutional policy contained an outdoor smoking ban within 25’ of College buildings. That ban has been poorly monitored, complied with and respected. The College will proceed toward the adoption of a total ban of tobacco use by 2014. 

 
 
 

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