Breathe Easy at MCC

Administrative Policy

Effective: July 1, 2013

Title: Tobacco Free Policy

Type: Employees, Students and Community


Rationale:

Madisonville Community College is committed to providing its students, employees and visitors with a safe and healthy environment. In view of this commitment, the college is a tobacco-free institution. No consumption of tobacco or e-tobacco products will be allowed on any college property or in any college facility. The institution displays notices of the tobacco-free policy at all college locations.

Madisonville Community College tobacco-free policy will be implemented August 1, 2013 at the Health Campus and will migrate to other locations upon announcements. Some of the reasons we chose to adopt this policy are as follows:

  • Presence of underage students
  • Tobacco litter desecrating the campus
  • Exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) at building entrances / exits
  • Desire to ensure clean air for all who come to the college
  • Provide healthy environment in which to work and learn

Policy:

Madisonville Community College recognizes its leadership role in promoting and maintaining a tobacco-free environment. A majority of faculty, staff and students do not smoke or use tobacco products; tobacco use is objectionable to many non-tobacco users. A recent report issued by the United State Surgeon General concluded that there is no acceptable level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. Therefore, in conjunction with its efforts to educate students, faculty, staff and the community about the importance of health and safety, Madisonville Community College is a tobacco-free institution. Enforcing a tobacco-free policy is possible because the college places value on individual responsibility and leadership. As such, every member of the Madisonville Community College community shares equally in the responsibility for adhering to and respectfully enforcing the tobacco-free policy.


Specifically:

Tobacco use is prohibited on all college-owned property and within leased college office and classroom space. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited on college-owned facilities and facilities leased and controlled by the college. Tobacco use is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor facilities, including entrance steps and ramps, restrooms, pedestrian walkways, entryways, terraces and campus bus stops. *At this time the policy will not be enforced in the enclosed passenger compartments of private automobiles.

Tobacco use is prohibited in college-owned or leased vehicles.

Tobacco use is prohibited at meetings or conferences sponsored by Madisonville Community College.

Tobacco products will not be sold in college facilities.

The president is authorized to develop and establish procedures to implement this policy.


Enforcement:

The college tobacco-free policy relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of tobacco users and non-tobacco users for its success. It is the responsibility of all members of the college community as well as visitors to the college to inform others and observe the policy.

Employees that fail to comply with tobacco-free policy will be subject to progressive disciplinary actions as follows: oral warning, written warnings or written reprimands or disciplinary suspension. Reports of college employee violations will be forwarded to the Director of Human Resources who will then forward the report to the employee s supervisor. A college employee s supervisor will work with the Director of Human Resources to select the most appropriate disciplinary action.

Students who fail to comply with the tobacco-free policy will be subject to progressive disciplinary actions as follows:

Whenever a college official observes a student who is not complying with the tobacco-free campus policy the employee will:

  • Give the student a reminder card
  • Ask for ID from the student and complete a report on the incident to be retained by the campus security office

The second time a student is observed not complying with the policy the college official will:

  • Ask for ID from the student and complete a report on the incident to be retained by the campus security office
  • Give the student a citation with a $5 fine
  • Transcripts and further enrollment will be held by attaching a financial hold to the student s records until the fines are paid

The third time a student is observed not complying with the policy the security officer will:

  • Ask for ID from the student and complete a report on the incident to be retained by the campus security office
  • Give the student a citation with a $5 fine
  • Transcripts and further enrollment will be held by attaching a financial hold to the student s records until the fines are paid The student dean hold will be placed on the student s account.
  • The student must meet with the Dean of Student Affairs before it will be removed. The meeting with the student will address the issue of repeated violations of the policy. The student will be made aware of the information and resources that may help the student comply with the policy as well as the penalties for failing to comply with the directions of a college official (KCTCS Student Code of Conduct 3.2.8 and 3.3), up to and including probation and suspension. Visitors are expected to comply with the tobacco-free policy. The college community is responsible for visitors compliance with the college s tobacco-free policy.
Visitors that fail to comply with the tobacco-free policy will be informed of the policy and requested to cease their use of tobacco products. Visitors that refuse to comply will be asked to leave the college premises.

Monitoring:

Madisonville Community College Chief Academic Affairs Officer, Chief Student Affairs Officer, Chief Business Affairs Officer, Director of Human Resources and Director of Facilities, Safety and Security Download the Smoke-Free Policy

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