|Tobacco-free policy implemented Oct. 5|
Dear members of the campus Community:
Following is the tobacco-free policy which will be implemented Friday, Oct. 5. If you have comments about this policy, please contact Phil Harmeson, vice president for general administration, Office of the President, 300 Twamley Hall (Stop 8193) or e-mail email@example.com. - Charles Kupchella, president.
Tobacco-free UND: A policy to become effective Oct. 5, 2007.
I. History leading up to the establishment of a tobacco-free policy:
The President and the Healthy UND Coalition have engaged the campus community in discussions about a tobacco-free policy since the fall of 2006. Forums and meetings have been held with a variety of stakeholders throughout the year. Student Senate, University Senate, and Staff Senate have passed resolutions of support for the development of a tobacco-free policy.
The President announced plans to move to a tobacco-free campus in April of 2007. He appointed a task group to develop a draft policy and recommendations. The members of the task group are: Laurie Betting, assistant vice president for wellness; Mary Coleman, clinical lab science faculty; Chandice Covington, College of Nursing dean; Sandi Geddes, substance abuse prevention specialist; Will Gosnold, geology professor and University Senate representative; Tyrone Grandstrand, student Senator and Association of Residence Halls; Jenny Guido, medical student and Student Health Advisory Committee; Eric Johnson, ND QUITLINE director; Dorette Kerian, Information Technology Systems and Services director; Don Kojich, executive associate vice president of University Relations; Nate Martindale, 2006-2007 Student Body president; Dave McFarlane, McFarlane Sheet Metal owner; Kent Streibel, Aerospace flight instructor and Staff Senate Representative; Cheryl Stolz, graduate student; J.J. Tamble, student, College Students Against Cancer president; Jason Uhlir, campus safety and security officer; and Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm, director of the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR).
II. Tobacco-free policy
The University of North Dakota will become a tobacco-free campus on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. The use of tobacco will be prohibited on all University-owned property not otherwise leased by outside entities. The details of the policy are presented here now (Sept. 6) for general campus review and comment over the next 30 days. Publication of the policy in advance of its effective date is meant to elicit suggestions about the details and nuances of the policy. Comments and suggestions for modification of the final policy should be directed to Phil Harmeson, vice president for general administration, Office of the President, 300 Twamley Hall (Stop 8193) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
UND Tobacco-Free Policy
The University of North Dakota tobacco-free campus policy provides a healthy working and learning environment. The purpose of this policy is to reduce harm from secondhand smoke, provide an environment that encourages persons to be tobacco-free, establish a campus culture of wellness, reduce health-insurance and health-care costs, and promote a tobacco-free future.
The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's Report states that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can be harmful and set processes in motion such as cancer, heart disease, or respiratory conditions.
The University of North Dakota shall be a tobacco-free campus. The use of tobacco is prohibited within university buildings, parking structures, walkways, arenas, in university or state fleet vehicles, and on university owned property, not otherwise leased to another organization. (Certain university-owned properties have been leased to other organizations and, as such, these properties are not covered under this UND policy. Tenants of such properties are encouraged to establish tobacco-free worksite policies for their own employees.) Otherwise, this policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors at all UND sites. In support, the University of North Dakota provides comprehensive tobacco cessation and prevention services (see http://www.undstudenthealth.com/tobacco.html).
Tobacco use includes the possession of any lighted tobacco product, or the use of any oral tobacco product.
It is the responsibility of all members of the campus community, including visitors, to observe this policy.
All administrators, deans, directors, department chairs, and supervisors will communicate the policy to everyone within their areas of responsibility.
The Safety and Environmental Health Office is responsible for determining policy applicability and will answer policy related questions.
It is the responsibility of the University of North Dakota Student Health Services and Work Well, employee wellness program, to provide information regarding tobacco prevention and cessation.
The policy will be communicated to all members of the campus community. Education regarding the University's tobacco-free policy will be included in formal orientation for all incoming students and employees.
Signage will be posted sufficient to inform members of the campus community and its visitors, including contractors and vendors, of the policy.
Compliance with this policy is the shared responsibility and the right of all UND staff, students, and faculty members. The success of this policy will depend upon the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of users and non-users of tobacco products.
V. Related Policies
· Policy on the spiritual use of sage, sweet grass, and cedar
· Safety and Loss Control Manual - Indoor Air Quality http://www.safety.und.edu/policy/manual/general/general.html#air
· North Dakota State Fleet Services Policy Manual www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/fleet/statefleet/FSmanual_tag.pdf
· Safety and Environmental Health Office
3851 Campus Rd.
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Tel: (701) 777-3341
Fax: (701) 777-4132Email: email@example.com
· Student Health Promotion Office
UND Memorial Union, Room 149
2901 University Avenue Stop 8385
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8385
· UND Student Health Services
100 McCannel Hall
2891 2nd Avenue N Stop 9038
Grand Forks, 58202-9038
Fax: (701)- 777-4835
· UND Worksite Wellness
801 Princeton Street
Student Wellness Center
Stop 8365 Grand Forks, ND 58202
· American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking Programwww.lungusa.org
· Grand Forks Public Health Department
· NDPERS Tobacco Cessation Program https://www.bcbsnd.com/ehealth/ndpersquit/
· North Dakota Tobacco QUITLINE
· North Dakota Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Tobacco Cessation Program
-- Charles Kupchella, President.