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Purpose. As an employer and institution of higher learning, Daemen University is committed to providing a healthy and safe work and educational environment. Out of respect for employees, students, visitors and the surrounding community, Daemen University will maintain a 100% tobacco-free environment to be in full force and effect on September 6, 2016.
Rationale. Daemen University acknowledges and supports the overwhelming scientific evidence that the use of tobacco and tobacco-related products, including exposure to secondhand smoke, poses a significant health hazard. In recognition of these risks, and in support of a healthy learning/work environment, the use of tobacco products is prohibited on University property.
Applicability. This policy applies to all members of the Daemen University community, including but not limited to, faculty, staff and administrators, students, volunteers, consultants, supplemental staff employed through contract agencies, vendors, guests and visitors.
Definitions. For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions shall apply:
Tobacco products: all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including but not limited to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, cigarillos, kreteks, bidis, water pipes, bongs, hookahs, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and related products.
University property: all buildings, facilities and grounds of the Daemen University Main Street campus; satellite facilities owned and/or leased by the University, including Daemen House and the Academic & Wellness Center; and vehicles owned and/or leased by the University.
Responsibility. Successful implementation of this policy relies on the courtesy, respect and cooperation of all members of the Daemen University community. Members of the campus community are empowered and encouraged to respectfully inform others about the policy in an ongoing effort to enhance awareness and develop a culture of voluntary compliance. Adherence to the tobacco-free policy is the responsibility of all employees, students, contractors and visitors and should not be allowed to result in the displacement of tobacco use onto neighboring properties.
Reinforcement, Support & Education. The principal purpose of this policy is to positively impact the health of the University’s employees and students. To this end, Daemen University is committed to providing opportunities for individuals to address their tobacco usage. Employees are encouraged to contact the Employee Engagement Department for additional support and referral to cessation resources. Similarly, students are encouraged to contact the office of Health and Insurance Services for assistance.
Compliance. Recognizing the addictive nature of tobacco use, policy non-compliance will first prompt referral to the appropriate office, as noted above, for support and assistance with cessation. Repeated non-compliance will result in referral to the associated employee or student conduct system and may result in disciplinary action.