Tobacco Free Policy

POLICY STATEMENT


Delta State University prohibits the use of all tobacco products, which includes the emitting or discharging into the environment of any secondhand tobacco smoke from whatever conveyance or location, on its campus. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors on Delta State University property or in its facilities.

DEFINITIONS


Smoking: inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any device used to transmit or convey tobacco smoke or related inhalant.

Tobacco products: cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars, snuff, or any device designed to transmit or convey tobacco smoke or related inhalant.

University grounds: buildings, grounds, parking areas, and walkways.

Prohibited areas: athletic fields, tennis courts, golf course, and any other recreational or public areas.

PROCEDURES and RESPONSIBILITIES


Use of all tobacco products is prohibited in all owned, operated, leased, occupied, and controlled entitles of Delta State University. When any person enters the grounds of the University, the use of any smoking material or tobacco product shall cease. The offending tobacco product shall be disposed of in an appropriate receptacle. Improper disposal of cigarette or cigar butts, or collateral litter of tobacco-product use, shall also be considered a violation of this policy.

NOTIFICATION

Appropriate notification of this policy shall be made through pamphlets, posters, and other signage throughout the University facilities, grounds and vehicles. All signage must be clearly and prominently displayed. The Tobacco-Free Policy shall appear on the website with all supporting information.

All faculty, staff and student orientation programs, as well as all Freshmen Seminar-sections, shall include a workshop on this tobacco-free policy.


ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY

All the members of the Delta State University community share responsibility for complying with this policy. Specific enforcement of this policy is primarily the authority of the Delta State University Police who are authorized to cite violators of this policy. Auxiliary enforcement of this policy is delegated to all University Chairs, Building Managers, Directors, Deans, and Supervisors. Auxiliary enforcement includes making individuals aware of this University Policy. It also includes reporting violators to campus police. Auxiliary enforcement is an affirmative obligation to ensure that this policy is followed in all University academic and administrative units. Violations of this policy should be addressed in a tactful, non-confrontational and compassionate manner. Violations should be reported to any University Chair, Director, Dean, Building Manager, Supervisor, Campus Police, or Vice President for Student Affairs.
PENALTIES

Students
Violators will be penalized according to the Student Code of Conduct.

One or more of the following:

  • Probation up to (3) three months
  • Assigned work – (10) hours or equivalent in counseling
  • Fine – no less than $25

Faculty and Staff
Violators of this policy will be advised in a tactful and non-confrontational manner for the first violation.

Visitors
Visitors who violate this policy should be advised in a tactful, non-confrontational and compassionate manner

  • Further violations should be reported to campus police.
  • Visitors refusing to comply with this policy may be asked to leave campus.

 

Responsible Office and/or Policy Owner: Office of Student Affairs

RELATED DOCUMENTS
STATUS


Active

DATES(S)


Change/Review/Approval Date:

  • Policy approved by University Cabinet and effective on September 7, 2010.
  • Revised and approved by University Cabinet:  October 27, 2014