Mohawk Valley Community College is going tobacco free on both campuses and all grounds effective on Aug. 15. MVCC will join more than 60 other New York State colleges in an effort to maintain a tobacco-free learning and working environment that is healthy, respectful, and safe for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
The policy, approved by the College’s Board of Trustees, states “Smoking and all tobacco and tobacco-related products are prohibited on all College premises, which are defined as all buildings, facilities, and grounds owned, used, leased, operated, controlled, or otherwise supervised by the College.”
This policy applies to all members of the college community including, but not limited to, affiliated organizations, faculty, staff, students, volunteers, vendors, contractors, guests, and visitors.
All tobacco products in use must be properly disposed of prior to entering any College property. The College requires college community members to respect private property bordering all College locations by refraining from trespassing for purposes of tobacco product consumption. The sale, free distribution, related advertising or sponsorship of tobacco products is also prohibited on college property.
The College will provide smoking cessation assistance to faculty, staff, and students who wish to stop smoking. Educational programming, cessation support mechanisms, and other resources are available to the college community through Health Services, Human Resources, and various other College departments.
All members of the college community are responsible for respectfully communicating the policy to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Those who observe individuals using tobacco on college property are encouraged and empowered to respectfully explain that its use is prohibited or to address violation of the policy through the Public Safety Department or the Human Resources Department.
More information and resources on the tobacco free policy can be found at http://www.mvcc.edu/tobacco.