Student Handbook

Tobacco Policy

The college recognizes the need to create and maintain an environment which sustains and enhances the general health and well-being of its faculty, staff, students, visitors and the safety of its property. For that reason, the college strongly discourages the use of tobacco products on campus by providing as close to a tobacco-free work environment as feasible. Consistent with the spirit and intent of this policy, should conflicts arise between individuals who choose to use tobacco and those who do not, the rights of those who do not will prevail.

This policy is intended to comply with Michigan Public Act 198 which be- came effective on Jan. 1, 1987. All educational facilities, private and publicly owned, are defined as “public places” for the purpose of this act.

Rationale

The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that tobacco usage is the largest preventable cause of illness and premature death in the United States. It is associated annually with the unnecessary deaths of over 350,000 Americans. New research findings, moreover, indicate that nonsmokers who are regularly exposed to tobacco smoke are also at increased risk of illness and death.

Coverage

This policy covers all Alma College vehicles and buildings.

Regulations
  1. Tobacco use is prohibited in the following work areas: classrooms, conference rooms, laboratories, offices, shops, workrooms, auditoriums, gymnasiums, libraries, elevators, college vehicles, hallways, reception areas, dining rooms, lounges, break rooms, lobbies, and restrooms.
  2. Smoking is not permitted in residence hall rooms or small housing units.
Implementation
  1. State law does not require the designation of smoking areas in any building. The designation of smoking areas in buildings other than student housing is determined by the physical plant director. Designated smoking area signs are posted where smoking is permitted. Ash trays and other receptacles for disposing of smoking materials are provided in these areas.
  2. The responsibility for implementation of the policy in student housing is delegated to the Director of Campus Life.
  3. No smoking should occur within 25 feet of public entrances.
Compliance
  1. The success of this policy depends on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers. All persons share the responsibility for compliance.
  2. Individuals who are observed in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action. Students who fail to comply should be reported to a designated officer of the Student Life Office.
  3. Michigan Public Act 198 states that violators, including students, employees and guests, may be subject to civil fines of $100 for the first violation and not more than $500 for the second and subsequent violations. This is enforced by state and/or health department officials and not Alma College.

Last updated 10/1/2013