7.19 Tobacco-Free College Policy
Central Piedmont is committed to providing its employees, students, and visitors with a safe and healthy environment. The College recognizes that the use of tobacco products (North Carolina General Statutes section 115D-20.1) on College premises is detrimental to the health and safety of all. To that end, the use of tobacco products will not be permitted at any time on College premises without explicit permission from the President, or designee. This policy shall be implemented with an emphasis given towards positive methods of ensuring compliance whenever possible.
- Tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, blunts, pipes, bidis, hookahs, chewing tobacco, dip, smokeless tobacco, snuff, electronic cigarettes, or any other items containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products.
- Tobacco use includes smoking, chewing, dipping, or any other use of tobacco products.
- College premises: any property in use by the College including property that is leased, owned, used for College functions, or used by the College in the conduct of any of its courses.
- Students, employees, visitors, volunteers, contractors, or other persons performing services on behalf of the College shall not be permitted to use any tobacco product at any time while on College premises.
- The sale or free distribution of tobacco products or merchandise on College premises shall be prohibited.
- Tobacco advertisements shall be prohibited in College-run publications and on College premises.
- It shall be the responsibility of all Central Piedmont employees and students to comply fully with the policy.
- Students who repeatedly violate this policy will be handled through the student disciplinary process.
- Employees who repeatedly violate this policy will be referred to their supervisor. Repeated violations by employees will be handled through the appropriate employee disciplinary process.
- Visitors, volunteers, contractors, or other service providers who repeatedly violate this policy shall be asked to leave campus.
Signage and other forms of communication will be posted in a manner and location that adequately notify students, employees, visitors, volunteers, contractors, or other persons performing services on behalf of the College about this policy.
Central Piedmont will consult with appropriate health organizations and resources to identify and provide programs and opportunities for students and employees to gain a greater understanding of the health hazards of tobacco use.
Central Piedmont will consult with appropriate health organizations and resources to identify and provide programs and opportunities for students and employees to access support systems, programs, and services that encourage them to abstain from the use of tobacco products.
Policy approved by Board of Trustees on September 2, 2009, with effective date of January 2, 2010