Creighton Tobacco-Free Campus Enforcement Process
On July 1, 2008, Creighton University became a tobacco-free campus. Creighton University cares about providing a supportive culture of good health for all students, faculty and staff and visitors. And because our mission calls us to improve the health of the individuals and communities we serve, we believe the University has a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue. In the first year of the policy, the University pledged to help each other with education, support programs and much more to achieve this goal.
The second phase of our efforts focuses on how the policy will be enforced. Effective July 1, 2009, the tobacco-free policy will be enforced similarly to other University policies. Depending upon the University constituent, as described below, the following enforcement processes will be practiced:
Students: If a student is using tobacco on campus, a tobacco-free informational card will be given to the student advising them of the University’s tobacco-free policy. These tobacco-free cards will/may be issued by other students, faculty, staff, administration and Public Safety. If students are recognized as repeat policy violators, their names will be forwarded to appropriate Student Services office for normal disciplinary procedures.
Faculty: If a faculty member is using tobacco on campus, a tobacco-free card will be given to the faculty member advising them of the University’s tobacco-free policy. These cards will/may be issued by other faculty members, students, staff, administration and Public Safety. If faculty members are recognized as repeat policy violators, their names will be forwarded to the appropriate Academic chair or dean for their normal disciplinary process.
Staff: If a staff member is using tobacco on campus, a tobacco- free card will be given to the staff member advising them of the University’s tobacco-free policy. These cards may be issued by other staff members, faculty, students, administration and Public Safety. If staff members are recognized as repeat policy violators, their names will be forwarded to department or divisional leadership for their normal disciplinary process.
Campus Visitors and Patients: For these groups, tobacco-free informational cards will be issued as needed. The focus will be on communication and education. Signage will also be prominently displayed. Contractors and neighbors have already been informed of the policy.
Communication and Support: Information cards will be designed, printed and provided to the entire University for use as appropriate. Internal communication will continue to increase awareness of the tobacco-free policy and the enforcement guidelines.
The University continues to subsidize the cost for employees to attend tobacco cessation classes, Commit to Quit, offered by the Cardiac Center.
While University leadership and Public Safety play key roles in enforcement, we ask everyone to please join us in supporting a healthy and well campus.