Policy 4202 – Tobacco-Free and Smoke-Free Campus Environment
Revision Date: 8/1/2014
Responsible Office: Office of Environmental Safety
Reference: Act 211 of the 2013 Louisiana State Legislative Session
Summary/Purpose: Act 211 of the 2013 Louisiana State Legislative session directs all public post-secondary educational institutions to develop smoke-free policies for its campuses. Nothing in this law prohibits institutions from developing a tobacco-free policy. Therefore, Louisiana Tech University has approved this policy to provide notice of and guidelines about the tobacco-free and smoke-free environment at the University.
Smoking and the use of all tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipe, hookah-smoked products, e-cigarettes, and oral smokeless or spit are prohibited at all times, and at all locations of Louisiana Tech University including University-owned or leased facilities, properties, and grounds. This prohibition includes but is not limited to the following:
• The interior of all University-owned buildings;
• All external University property or grounds, including sidewalks, parking lots, recreational areas and partially enclosed areas such as walkways, breezeways, patios, porches, gazebos, tents, and bus shelters;
• Within any State-owned vehicles, including buses, vans, shuttles, golf carts, and all other University vehicles; and
• All indoor and outdoor athletics venues and facilities.
Smoking policies at the Louisiana Tech Barksdale instructional site are set by the Department of Defense and can be found on the Tech Barksdale web site.
This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, visitors, and contractors.
The University also prohibits littering the campus with remains of any tobacco products.
Additionally, the University-controlled advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco products is prohibited on campus, regardless of the vendor.
Organizers and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events, and athletic events using University-owned facilities, grounds, and properties are required to abide by Louisiana Tech University policies. Therefore, organizers of such events are responsible for communicating to attendees the policies of the University and for enforcing this “tobacco-free/smoke-free” policy
Communication: Persons will be informed of this policy through-
- Signs posted in appropriate areas throughout the university
- Various University web-sites including Human Resources, Alumni Affairs, Athletics, Health Center, Counseling Center, and others
- E-mail communication to all employees and students
- The Louisiana Tech University Catalog
- Faculty/Staff Policies and Procedures
- Student Code of Conduct
- Athletics Policy & Procedures Manual
- Student Organization Handbook
- College and/or program guidebooks and manuals
- Other University publications and communications.
Respect and Responsibility: The success of this policy depends on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of users and non-users of tobacco products. All members of the University community share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this policy. Courtesy and consideration shall be exercised when informing violators of the policy. Any complaint should be brought to the attention of the appropriate University authorities. Anyone who complains shall be protected against retaliation.
Enforcement: Enforcement of this policy will depend on the cooperation of all faculty, staff, and students not only to comply with the policy, but also to encourage others to comply, in order to promote a healthy environment in which to work, study, and live. Civility and respect are expected by all members of the University community in regards to this policy.
Violations of the policy should be referred to the appropriate administrative office for review and action: for academic employees, the Office of the Provost; for staff, the Office of Human Resources; and for students, the Office of Student Affairs.
Violations may also result in a citation by law enforcement in accordance with State law.
Smoking Cessation Programs: The University Health Center and Counseling Center offer a range of smoking cessation and support programs for all members of the University community who desire to quit smoking. Additional information may be found at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)