USI Tobacco Policy
It is the policy of the University of Southern Indiana to promote and maintain a clean and healthy working and learning environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
The University expects the cooperation and commitment of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors in maintaining a smoke-free environment and an environment free from smokeless tobacco waste. Smokeless tobacco consists of the use of snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, or other forms of loose-leaf tobacco.
Effective July 1, 2011, the University of Southern Indiana prohibits smoking or the use of tobacco or tobacco products:
- on university-owned, -operated, or -leased property.
- in university-owned, -operated, or- leased vehicles.
The use of tobacco or tobacco products in personal vehicles on university-owned, -operated, or -leased property is allowable.
This policy extends to all university property and all campus sports facilities.
Smoking or the use of tobacco or tobacco products is prohibited inside all student housing facilities. This includes resident halls, apartments, common areas, balconies, building entries, and student rooms. Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas in student housing.
Enforcement of this policy will depend upon all members of the campus community to comply with and encourage others to comply with this policy in order to ensure a healthy environment to work, study, and live. Primary enforcement of this policy will be the responsibility of those persons who head individual units, departments, buildings, student housing units, those who supervise faculty and staff, security personnel, and others designated by the University.
Violations of this policy will be handled through existing processes already in place for students, faculty, and staff. Student violations will be processed under the Student Code of Conduct.
Complaints regarding violations of this policy should be referred to the appropriate dean or director or Human Resources manager for faculty or staff and to Student Affairs for students.
Effective January 1, 2011, smoking cessation programs will be offered to all employees and students at little or no cost to the participants.
November 2, 2010