July 30, 2012
OCC Bans Smoking on All College Property
Oakland Community College has joined the growing ranks
of colleges and universities across the nation that are banning smoking on
their campuses. Beginning September 1, the use of all tobacco products will be
barred on OCC property.
The prohibition, passed by OCC’s Board of Trustees at
its March 20 meeting, forbids the use of cigars, cigarettes, pipes, as well as
chewing tobacco and snuff. So-called electronic cigarettes are still
“The board’s purpose in initiating the policy
responds to frequently expressed complaints by students and employees regarding
second hand smoke, as well as our concern for the health and well-being of all
who attend, work at, or visit the college,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy R.
Meyer. “An additional benefit is the elimination of litter associated with
smoking,” Meyer added.
Students, college personnel and visitors will be held
responsible for observing the new policy. Violators will be told to stop and
infractions may lead to disciplinary action for students and staff.
A communications campaign to make the college
community aware of the new policy has begun. Members of Phi Theta Kappa, the
international honor society for community college students with chapters on all
OCC campuses, will also participate in the campaign as one of the group’s
public service projects.
With five campuses located throughout Oakland County,
OCC is the largest of Michigan’s community colleges and the 21st largest
in the nation. OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields
including university transfer and general studies degrees.
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