SRU amends University smoking policy

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June 28, 2016

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has amended the language of its smoking policy to better communicate where smoking is allowed on campus and what steps are to be taken in regard to violations of the policy. The policy applies to all University employees, students, guests and contractors.

The University cabinet passed the amended language at its June 27 meeting.

As it pertains to where smoking is allowed on campus, the policy now states:

  • Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of any University facility, outdoor passageway to any entrance or any air intake where smoke would affect occupants and those entering or leaving the area.
  • Smoking is permitted outdoors. The University provides outdoor urns for smokers. Such urns are placed outside designated non-smoking zones. The University also provides covered smoking shelters throughout campus to accommodate smokers' needs.

Additionally, and in adherence with the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law, SRU prohibits smoking in all University owned or operated buildings and facilities, including but not limited to: all classrooms, residences, laboratories, work areas, common or lounge areas, athletic fields, intramural venues, outdoor academic spaces, conference or meeting rooms, hallways, dining facilities and restrooms. Smoking is also prohibited in any University owned or operated vehicles.

In terms of policy enforcement:

  • Employee violations should be addressed to the Office of Human Resources, by calling: 724.738.2070. Callers must provide the date, time, location and identity of the alleged violator.
  • Student violations should be addressed to the Office of Student Conduct via a conduct referral using the online referral form: https://sru-advocate.symplicity.com/public_report. If a person making a report has questions, those should be directed to the Office of Student Conduct at: 724.738.4985. Callers must provide the date, time, location and identity of the alleged violator and must be the complainant for the adjudication.

"The University is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, working and living environment for its students, faculty, staff and guests," said Amir Mohammadi, SRU's vice president of finance, administrative affairs and advancement services. "With that in mind, it should be clear and concise as to what is allowable and how to remedy those situations that are not when it comes to smoking."

Those who violate the policy are subject to disciplinary or legal action as set forth in the Student Conduct Code, SRU employee work rules or Pennsylvania statues.

The entire University smoking policy can be seen at: http://www.sru.edu/Documents/offices/HR/SmokingPolicy.pdf?1467117416998

MEDIA CONTACT: Robb King | 724.738.2199 | robert.king@sru.edu