A recent memorandum sent out to the University Community by Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton serves as a reminder that we are a Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus.
In January 2011, the University proudly transitioned to a Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus. This initiative promotes a healthier campus environment for our students, faculty and staff as well as the university community at large. Additionally, it demonstrates our continued commitment to environmental sustainability. Today, more than 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide are smoke free reinforcing responses from national surveys indicating that over 80 percent of college students in the U.S. say that inside and around their living quarters are smoke free.
During the transition to a Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus, the University offered and continues to offer resources to students, faculty and staff to either manage or stop their dependence on tobacco products. Recently, we have been made aware of several areas where individuals are congregating to smoke. Please be reminded that the FIU 113 Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus Regulation prohibits smoking and/or the use of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, water-pipe or hookah or any product consumed in a similar manner; and the use of an unlit cigarette, cigar, pipe, water-pipe or hookah, or the use of an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other device intended to simulate smoked tobacco, in all areas of the university campuses including buildings, green spaces, vehicles and parking areas.
The enforcement phase which was launched in August 2012 remains in full force and effect today. Please remember that:
- First-time offenders will receive a Notice of Violation warning from an FIU Police Service Technician (PST) and be provided resources to help the offender manage their tobacco use and/or resources if ready to quit.
- Second-time offenders will be required to attend smoking/tobacco management/dependence consultations with Student Health Center within 14 days. Failure to comply will automatically become a third violation.
- Third violation for students, faculty and staff will be referred to the appropriate area (Student Affairs, Academic Affairs or Human Resources) to begin the progressive disciplinary process.
For questions regarding this important matter, please contact the Division of Human Resources Center at 305-348-2181 or the Division of Student Affair’s Healthy Living Program at 305-348-0331.