But I will say this: not everything the Board of Regents did yesterday was a politically motivated hack job not at all in the interests of the university.
Q. Can I smoke or use tobacco in my personal vehicle when it’s parked on campus, or when I’m driving on campus?
A. Smoking/use of tobacco is not permitted in your personal vehicle, whether parked or in motion, if the vehicle is located on university-owned, operated, or leased property as defined by the policy.
Q. Does EMU have the right to tell me I can’t use tobacco products on campus property?
A. The University has a responsibility to establish policies that positively affect the health and well being of the campus community. It’s understood that the use of tobacco is a personal choice and is legal for adults to purchase and consume. The tobacco-free policy does not prohibit tobacco use; it simply establishes where use can and cannot occur.
Q. How will the policy be enforced?
A. The guiding principle of enforcement will be respect for all. This crucial approach needs to include tobacco users and non-users, and must encompass respect for the policy the University has adopted. We hope this principle will help guide everyone as the University transitions to a healthier, tobacco-free environment.
From review of other campuses, best practice suggests that these changes in culture can happen with everyone working to be respectful of the policy. Repeated violation of the policy will be addressed through the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office for students and Human Resources for employees. Compliance can be achieved through consistent messaging, policy education and the provision of cessation programs.
One question that occurs to me now is can students smoke in the dorms? I think that smoking in the dorms might already be against the rules, but I don’t know.
Second, campus cops are going to start wearing body cameras, which I suspect is going to become the norm everywhere within a few years.