TCC Tobacco Free Environment Policy

Tobacco-Free EnvironmentLearn Why TCC is 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, Tulsa Community College prohibits the use of any tobacco products on 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.

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Tulsa Community College or his/her designee is directed to develop, maintain, and facilitate procedures that will provide for the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff, and administrators on all property owned, leased, or contracted by the College as it relates to prohibiting the use of any tobacco products and developing appropriate sanctions.

Legal Reference: Oklahoma State Statute, Title 21, Section 1247
  Oklahoma Governor Executive Order 2012-01
  Oklahoma State Statute, Title 63, Section 1-1523

Tobacco-Free Environment
Administrative Procedures

Scientific studies have shown that public health is endangered by both direct and indirect tobacco smoke and the use of smokeless tobacco products.  Therefore, in an effort to better ensure a healthier and safer environment for our students, faculty, staff and guests, the College will implement the following procedures.

Tulsa Community College prohibits smoking or the use of tobacco products on all property owned, leased or contracted for use by Tulsa Community College.  This includes both indoor and outdoor areas such as, but not limited to, classrooms, laboratories, offices, work areas, vestibules, hallways, enclosed walkways, restrooms, elevators, stairwells, sidewalks, parking lots, and green spaces, etc. This policy also includes  vehicles owned, leased, or rented for College business.

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

The administration will communicate this information through signage, posters, internal and external communications and other appropriate means to ensure that students, faculty, staff and guests are aware of Tulsa Community College’s Tobacco-Free Environment.

The administration may provide support for students, faculty, and staff who wish to stop using tobacco products by making available resources for each group through Student Health Services, Human Resources, and information through the College’s website.
 

Sanctions

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.
     

Requests for Exceptions

In rare instances, a request for an exception to this policy may be granted for educational, ceremonial, or cultural events or activities.  Requests must be submitted in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at least ten business days in advance.  The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be final.
 

Appeals

Appeals related to violations of this policy will follow the established process under the Traffic Appeals Committee.  The person requesting an appeal must file a written request in the Campus Police office within ten class days of the date of the citation.  The nature or reason for the appeal must be clearly stated in writing on the Traffic Appeal Request Form and be signed by the person making the request.  The Campus Police Supervisor will give the appeal to the chair of the Traffic Appeals Committee.  The disposition of the appeal will be communicated on a Traffic Appeals Disposition Form in writing and mailed to the person making the appeal within three days following the committee’s  meeting.  The decision of the committee will be final.

For more information, please see the Parking and Traffic Management procedures located in the Student or Employee Handbooks.

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