Saint Michael’s College Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy
Saint Michael’s College is committed to providing a healthy working and learning environment for the entire campus community. To that end, a tobacco-free campus shall be established. The purpose of this policy is to reduce harm from tobacco use and secondhand smoke, provide an environment that encourages persons to be tobacco-free, and promote a campus culture of wellness.
- College property
- All college-owned property, which includes but is not limited to college grounds (including North Campus), campus buildings, residential buildings, parking areas, walkways, recreational and sporting facilities and college-owned vehicles
- Tobacco use
- Use of all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, shisha, pipes, water pipes (hookah), electronic cigarettes, and all forms of smokeless tobacco including but not limited to chew, snuff, sticks, strips, and orbs.
Saint Michael’s College is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors and visitors. The use of tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapor pens and all smoking products are not permitted on any college-owned property.
The sale, advertisement, distribution, and sampling of all tobacco/smoke products and tobacco/smoke-related merchandise are prohibited at College properties and its owned, leased, or operated buildings.
Institutional Review Board approved research on tobacco or tobacco related products is not covered by this policy.
Smoking and/or tobacco use may be permitted for traditional ceremonial activities of recognized cultural and/or religious groups.
- Educational information and smoking cessation services, programs, and resources are available to students, faculty and staff through Student Health Services and the Office of Human Resources.
Roles and Responsibilities
It is the shared responsibility of all members of the campus community to respect and abide by this policy.
Administrators, deans, directors, department chairs, supervisors, and event sponsors will communicate the policy within their areas of responsibility.
Saint Michael’s College will provide access to tobacco cessation resources to SMC students and employees.
Visitors refusing to comply with this policy may be asked to leave campus.
The successful implementation of this policy depends on the courtesy and cooperation of the entire campus community.
Appropriate signage will be posted in campus facilities, on the SMC website and elsewhere to inform members of the campus community and visitors of the Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy.
The policy will be communicated in appropriate college publications and contracts. College publications include but are not limited to electronic notifications, handbooks, brochures and other college-generated materials.
This policy shall be effective on September 1, 2016. Compliance with this policy is expected.
If an individual has a difficult time complying with this policy, he/she should talk to a supervisor or the Division of Student Affairs to access resources for stopping tobacco use.
For more information about the Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy and/or tobacco cessation resources and services, contact Student Health Services at 802-654-2234.
Saint Michael’s College appreciates your compliance with this policy for the benefit of everyone deserving access to a campus that promotes health and well-being for all.