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Tobacco Free Campus Policy

Tobacco Use, Smoking, and Electronic devices (Vaping) are Prohibited on Campus:  As of January 1, 2020, smoking and the use of all tobacco products are prohibited on Shepherd University campuses. This policy includes the use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco such as chew or snuff, electronic vaping devices and hookahs. This prohibition includes all Shepherd University facilities, grounds within the campus boundaries as well as within University-owned or leased vehicles (regardless of registration or off-road status).

Definitions

Accountability:

The Tobacco-Free Policy will go into effect on January 1, 2020. During the 2020 Spring and Fall Semesters, Shepherd will use a “soft enforcement approach” and seek cooperation as the campus acclimates to a nonsmoking environment. Teams of volunteer Ambassadors from the Campus Community will periodically visit former campus smoking areas to seek compliance and educate. Employees and students who are found to be smoking and/or using tobacco products, as described in Definitions, will politely be asked to stop use immediately and will be thanked for their cooperation. The Ambassadors will also provide information on how to end dependence on tobacco and other related substances as defined in the policy.

An employee who continually refuses or fails to cooperate under “soft enforcement” may be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with policy. A visitor to the campus who violates this policy may be asked to leave campus and may be treated as a trespasser if they refuse.

A student who continually refuses or fails to cooperate under “soft enforcement” may be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with policy. Students who overtly refuse to follow the policy may be found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and therefore may be subject to restorative justice processes as described in the Student Handbook. Non-Shepherd students who refuse to comply with this policy may be asked to leave campus.