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MCC is Tobacco-free

Tobacco-Free MCC

Effective August 1, 2011, all MCC properties and grounds became tobacco-free. This means smoking and all other tobacco use has been prohibited inside and outside all college buildings and grounds. This includes all common areas, parking lots, building entrances, etc. In other words, if you are anywhere on an MCC property, you may not use tobacco products.

The health and safety of students, visitors, faculty and staff is a top priority for Metropolitan Community College. Tobacco related disease is the nation’s leading preventable cause of premature death and disability and hazardous to the health of smokers and non-smokers alike.

Communication to students, employees and others affiliated with the college has been ongoing while the policy was being composed and finalized.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does tobacco-free mean to MCC?

Tobacco-free means that all MCC properties are 100% tobacco-free. Smoking and all other tobacco use has been prohibited inside and outside all college buildings and grounds. This includes all common areas, parking lots, building entrances, etc. In other words, if you are anywhere on an MCC property, you may not use tobacco products.

Why a smoke-free campus?

The health and safety of students, visitors, faculty and staff is a top priority for MCC. Tobacco related disease is the nation's leading preventable cause of premature death and disability and hazardous to the health of smokers and non-smokers alike.

What areas of campus will the smoke-free policy cover?

The new policy applies to all MCC campus building, grounds and parking lots; properties owned or leased by MCC, and all MCC vehicles.

What about smoking on sidewalks around campus?

Tobacco use on sidewalks on any MCC property that is owned by MCC will not be permitted.

Can I smoke in my car parked on MCC property?

Smoking on all MCC property, including parking lots, is prohibited. Tobacco-use inside a personal vehicle is the choice of the vehicle owner. Littering of tobacco waste on MCC grounds is not allowed.

Is there a clear defined designated smoking area for students, employees and visitors?

No. Providing a place to smoke does not support MCC's goal to create a healthier environment.

How will the policy be enforced?

The success of this policy will depend on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers. Students, faculty and staff have a collective responsibility to promote the safety and health of the campus community and therefore share in the responsibility of enforcement. Individuals observed smoking are to be reminded in a professional and courteous manner of the tobacco-free policy.

Isn't smoking a personal, legal right?

Court rulings maintain that tobacco users do not have the legal right to expose others to second hand smoke, a Class A carcinogen, and are not entitled to protection against discrimination.

How can I appeal a smoking citation?

Appeals should be submitted through the Police Captain at the campus the citation was issued. Students and employees will have 10 days after a citation is issued to make an appeal.

Still have questions? Contact 816.604.1000.

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Tobacco-free Administrative Policy

PROPOSED

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

5.10030 AP

TOBACCO-FREE

5.10030 AP

The Metropolitan Community College (the college) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all members and visitors of our community. In accordance with the Tobacco-Free Policy Statement, the procedures described here are those that will apply when students, employees, or visitors are in violation of the policy.

  1. Procedures

    Communication of this policy is the responsibility of the entire college community. Employees and students are encouraged to share the Tobacco-Free Policy with individuals who violate the policy. Smoking inside an automobile will not be considered a violation of the Tobacco-Free Policy. However, improperly discarding tobacco products or packaging on college premises will constitute a violation. The administration shall make information available to interested members of the college community regarding smoking cessation and other relevant programs.

    With prior approval of the campus president, theatre productions may be exempt from this policy when the use of simulated smoke or tobacco products is integral to a production or performance.

    The college's police department will issue a citation in the amount of $25.00 for each incident of smoking or tobacco use. In addition to receiving a citation from the college, students and employees may be subject to disciplinary action or code of conduct violations and additional fines that may be imposed under local or state guidelines.

    Compliance with the college's policies and procedures is considered a standard part of job performance for all employees. Repeated violation of this policy by employees may be addressed through discussions between the employee and his or her immediate supervisor, clarifying the Tobacco-Free Policy and helping the employee to develop a strategy for compliance with the Tobacco-Free Policy.

  2. Appeals

    Persons who feel they have received a smoking or tobacco use citation unjustly may appeal in writing to the college's police department.

Originated by: Chancellor's Office
Date: March 4, 2011 CPRC

Revisions: April 22, 2011 Chancellor's Office
Revisions: May 9, 2011 Chancellor's Office
Revisions: May 31,2011 Chancellor's Office
Revisions: June 14, 2011 Chancellor's Office

Tobacco-free Board Policy

PROPOSED

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

BOARD POLICY

5.10030 BP

TOBACCO-FREE

5.10030 BP

The Metropolitan Community College (the college) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, employees, contractors, and visitors. As a result of this commitment, the use, advertising, or sponsorship of tobacco and tobacco substitute products, excluding cessation products, on all campus premises, leased property, and college-owned vehicles is prohibited, with no exceptions. This policy applies to all students, employees, tenants, subtenants, contractors, and visitors.

  1. Definitions
    1. Smoking means inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying, or possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and any other lighted tobacco products.
    2. Tobacco use means the personal use of any tobacco product, whether intended to be lighted or not, which shall include smoking, as defined above, the use of an electronic cigarette, or any other device intended to simulate smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco, including snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, any other form of loose-leaf, smokeless tobacco, and the use of unlit cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco.
  2. Advertising

    With the exception of advertising in a newspaper, magazine, or similar publication that is not produced by the college, no tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship shall be permitted on college property or at college-sponsored events. No tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship shall appear in any publications produced by the college or by a club or association authorized by the college. For purposes of this policy, the term tobacco-related applies to the use of a brand or corporate name, trademark, logo, symbol, motto, or selling message identifiable with any brand of tobacco products or company which manufactures tobacco products.

Originated by: Chancellor's Office
Date: March 4, 2011 CPRC

Revisions: April 22, 2011 Chancellor's Office
Revisions: May 9, 2011 Chancellor's Office
Revisions: May 10, 2011 CPRC

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Last Modified: 6/6/18