Frequently Asked Questions

Why did TCC go tobacco free?

Tulsa Community College actively promotes the health and well-being of its students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Numerous Federal studies demonstrate a correlation between tobacco use and health concerns.

Therefore, in compliance with Executive Order 2012-01 by the Governor of the State of Oklahoma the Tulsa Community College Board of Regents approved a policy designating TCC as a tobacco-free environment effective August 6, 2012.

 

Where can I find the actual policy?

Read the full TCC Tobacco Free Environment Policy document here.

Does the policy prohibit the use of all tobacco products or only cigarettes?

The policy prohibits, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipes, hookahs, e-cigarettes, dip, snuff, smokeless pouches, or any form of loose leaf or rolled tobacco.

Whom does this policy affect?

Any person who works, visits, attends classes or attends other events on any property owned or contracted for use by Tulsa Community College must comply with this policy.

Does the policy affect other locations aside from the four main TCC campuses?

The policy affects all college-owned, leased, or contracted property, including but not limited to all buildings, land and vehicles owned, leased or contracted for use by Tulsa Community College.

Can I smoke in my own car?

Tobacco use is prohibited at all Tulsa Community College locations in parked and moving vehicles while on grounds owned or contracted for use by Tulsa Community College.

What about the legality of telling people they cannot use tobacco in their own car?
This is a TCC policy, and TCC requires employees and students to adhere to policies.  The policy is a tobacco-free campus.

What happens if the policy is violated?
Everyone, including visitors to the campus, is expected to comply with campus policy. You may inform a violator of the policy.  With this policy TCC is taking a huge step in creating a healthier campus.

What do I do if I see someone smoking or using tobacco? 
Administration/supervisors/employees have the responsibility to respectfully remind a tobacco user that tobacco use on campus is a violation of TCC policy. Encourage the tobacco user to comply with the College policy. There is no intent to put employees in confrontational situations. Individuals who are asked to comply with the policy and fail to do so may be fined.

How will enforcement be handled?
Courtesy and consideration will be exercised when informing others unaware of and/or in disregard of this policy.  Complaints regarding violations of this policy will be handled as follows:

  • If a violation occurs in a building, the person with responsibility for the area should ask the violator to discontinue the behavior.  If the violator refuses, the person will ask the violator to leave.  If the violator refuses to leave, the person will call Campus Police.
  • If a Police Officer finds a person violating the Tobacco-Free Environment Policy, he/she will inform the person that Tulsa Community College is a Tobacco-Free Environment and ask the person to discontinue the behavior.  If the person refuses, the Officer will obtain the person’s identification.  Student violations will be referred to the Dean of Students. Employee violations will be referred to the supervisor or Human Resources.
  • If a Police Officer has issued repeated warnings to the same person, a $10 fine may be levied against that person.  In the case of a guest, a No Trespass order may also be issued.
  • If the violator is a student, the matter shall be referred to the Dean of Student Services to be handled as a violation of College policy.
  • If the violator is a faculty or staff member, the matter shall be referred to the employee’s supervisor or to Human Resources to be handled as a violation of College policy.

Who’s in charge of enforcing this policy?
Every TCC employee has a responsibility to adhere to policy and to remind others of policies.

The safety and security of students, faculty and staff is a College priority. TCC's Department of Public Safety/Campus Police works with other departments within the College to maintain a safe and secure environment for students and employees. TCC's campus police officers are vested with full law enforcement powers and responsibilities identical to Tulsa's local police department.

The TCC Department of Public Safety/Campus Police will have responsibility for enforcement and imposing fines for violation of the policy.

What are the consequences if someone is caught?  What about second or third offenses?
Courtesy and consideration will be exercised when informing others unaware of and/or in disregard of this policy.  Complaints regarding violations of this policy will be handled as follows:

  • If a violation occurs in a building, the person with responsibility for the area should ask the violator to discontinue the behavior.  If the violator refuses, the person will ask the violator to leave.  If the violator refuses to leave, the person will call Campus Police.
  • If a Police Officer finds a person violating the Tobacco-Free Environment Policy, he/she will inform the person that Tulsa Community College is a Tobacco-Free Environment and ask the person to discontinue the behavior.  If the person refuses, the Officer will obtain the person’s identification.  Student violations will be referred to the Dean of Students. Employee violations will be referred to the supervisor or Human Resources.
  • If a Police Officer has issued repeated warnings to the same person, a $10 fine may be levied against that person.  In the case of a guest, a No Trespass order may also be issued.
  • If the violator is a student, the matter shall be referred to the Dean of Student Services to be handled as a violation of College policy.
  • If the violator is a faculty or staff member, the matter shall be referred to the employee’s supervisor or to Human Resources to be handled as a violation of College policy.

Will the police come if called and what are the consequences?
For policy violations, the police have the same responsibility as employees.  TCC Campus Police respond to situations that affect the safety and security of students and employees, including occasions where violations of College policy may affect the safety and security of the College community.

Is there a plan for dealing with an increase in litter (i.e., cigarette butts in parking lots and other areas)?
There should be no increase in litter because the campus is tobacco free.

How are visitors notified about the tobacco-free policy?
Signage will be placed at all campus entrances, along with posters and signs that will be distributed throughout the campuses and other TCC locations.  In addition to ongoing communications and notifications, any department who has an event on campus that involves visitors should notify those visitors via the most efficient means possible of the tobacco-free policy.

As an employee, do I have to quit smoking?
No.  Tulsa Community College is not forcing you to quit using tobacco, but you cannot use tobacco on College property.  If you are interested in quitting, a number of resources are available to help you quit, including:

  • Contact TCC Student Health Services on any campus for a schedule of cessation classes that   will be held in fall 2012. These classes will be available to both students and employees.
  • Full-time employees covered by TCC health insurance policies have additional resources available to support their efforts to become tobacco-free.Check with your individual insurance carrier to determine coverage.
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Lung Association
  • 1.800.QUIT.NOW
  • TobaccoStopsWithMe.org
  • BecomeAnEx.org

I have tried to quit on my own and have not been successful.  Are there any resources that may be able to help me?
A variety of options are available, depending on your specific situation. Contact your primary care physician to discuss what is right for you or contact Student Health Services on any campus for information.

What is the effective date of this policy?

The policy is effective August 6, 2012.

Will there be a defined designated smoking area for employees, students and visitors?

No. You will have to leave Tulsa Community College property in order to use any tobacco products.

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