MVCC Goes Tobacco Free
The Mohawk Valley Community College Board of Trustees has approved the following policy:
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 – effective August 15, 2016.
Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) is committed to providing and maintaining a tobacco-free learning and working environment that is healthy, respectful, and safe for its students, faculty, staff and visitors.
MVCC supports a healthy, sustainable environment for the college community and is committed to preparing our students for increasingly tobacco-free workplaces. Therefore, tobacco use is prohibited on all college owned and leased property, both indoors and outdoors.
Affiliated Organizations - College affiliated organizations include the MVCC Foundation, MVCC Auxiliary Services Corporation, the MVCC Dormitory Corporation, student clubs and any group that represents MVCC and its affiliated organizations.
College Property – All buildings, facilities, and grounds owned, used, leased, operated, controlled or otherwise supervised by the College.
Tobacco and Tobacco-Related – All tobacco-derived or containing products including but not limited to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, vape pens, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes, clove cigarettes (kreteks), bidis, smokeless tobacco, and oral tobacco (smokeless, chew, snus, and snuff). This policy does not extend to tobacco cessation products.
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 properties owned and leased by the college and its affiliated organizations are covered by the policy, including but not limited to:
- All buildings on the Utica and Rome campuses;
- Off-site and leased locations including but not limited to the hangar space used by the Airframe and Powerplant program, leased space on Elizabeth Street, leased space used by the Carpentry and Masonry program, and the thINCubator.
- Outside property owned and leased by the college including open land areas, woods, fields, patios, parking lots, sidewalks, roads, loading docks and building entrances. This includes a prohibition of tobacco use in private vehicles on MVCC owned and leased property.
- All vehicles owned and leased by MVCC or its affiliated organizations.
- College events at all locations.
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.
Successful implementation of this policy requires the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of all members of the MVCC College community.
- All members of the college community. Comply with this policy in a courteous, respectful, and cooperative manner and contribute to the effort of educating others about this policy.
- Supervisors (college, affiliated organizations, campus events, contractors & athletics). Communicate this policy to employees and ensure employees are in compliance and address any violations.
- Event Organizers. Communicate this policy to event attendees and if needed require organizers to take corrective action to ensure compliance.
The Spring 2016 semester is a transitional period of gradual compliance, education and understanding. Full compliance is effective August 15, 2016.
This policy will be:
- Included with orientation information given to students;
- Communicated to all prospective hires, students, vendors, and contractors;
- Communicated to newly hired employees during employee orientation;
- Announced in various college publications and sites;
- Distributed to all event sponsors.
Support and Education:
MVCC understands the addictive nature of tobacco use and the reality that breaking the habit is extremely difficult for some people. The College will make every effort to assist and encourage those who wish to stop tobacco use. Employees should contact Human Resources and students should contact Health Services for assistance with smoking cessation.
Educational programming, cessation support mechanisms, and other resources are available to the college community through Health Services, Human Resources and various other College departments.
Smoking cessation classes and resources are accessible through the New York State Smoker’s Quitsite
Student repeated violations will be treated as violations of Student Conduct Regulations. Employee repeated violations will be treated as disciplinary matters in accordance with employment contracts. Visitor repeated violations will be treated in accordance with Campus Events procedures.
Violations may be reported to Human Resources, the Department of Public Safety, or to supervisors.