Tobacco Free Environment

 
Delta State University implements this policy in consideration of the general health, safety and comfort of all Delta State University students, faculty, staff and visitors. Effective on September 7, 2010, Delta State University prohibits the use of all tobacco products on its campus. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors on Delta State University property or in its facilities. 
 
 
Employee: This generally includes faculty and staff employees who are working on paid appointments by the University. It generally excludes students or temporary employees. For specific information on who is considered an employee, contact the Human Resources Department. 
 
Supervisor: An employee designated by management who exercises major supervisory functions over another employee or employees. These functions include hiring, evaluating, assigning work, and disciplining employees.
 

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, chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars, snuff, or any device designed to transmit or convey tobacco smoke or related inhalant.

 
 
PROCEDURES

Use of all tobacco products is prohibited in all owned, operated, leased, occupied, and controlled entitles of Delta State University including; buildings, grounds, parking areas, walkways, athletic fields, tennis courts, golf course, and any other recreational or public areas. 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

All of 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 is an affirmative obligation to ensure that this policy is followed in all University academic and administrative units. Auxiliary enforcement includes making individuals aware of this University Policy as well as reporting violators to campus police.

  • 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, or to the Campus Police.  

PENALTIES

Students

Violators will be penalized according to the Student Code of Conduct. Students should take great care in addressing their peers who do not comply with this policy. Violators should be reminded of this policy in a tactful and compassionate manner.

  • Multiple infractions may result in stiffer corrective actions under the Student Code of Conduct, including fines and/or community service. 
  • Further violations should be reported to campus police.

 Faculty & Staff

Violators of this policy should be advised in a tactful, non-confrontational and compassionate manner.

  • Continued infractions by faculty and staff may result in corrective action under the Human Resources Policies and Procedures or other University regulations. 
  • Further violations should be reported to campus police.

 Visitors

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

  • Visitors refusing to comply with this policy may be asked to leave campus.
  • Further violations should be reported to campus police.
 
  • Policy approved by University Cabinet and effective on September 7, 2010.
  • Work Performance and Code of Conduct policy, Tobacco Free Environment, Faculty Handbook