It is the policy of the Board of Education and the Community College to maintain a healthy environment for all students and employees. To that end, and in consideration of repeated reports warning that smoking is a major health hazard, that second hand smoke is harmful to everyone, and that all employers should act responsibly in the matter of smoke in the workplace, the President's Council approved a revised No Smoking Policy. Effective September 1, 2003, and modified on November 19, 2014, the Community College of Rhode Island Policy concerning smoking is as follows:
The Community College of Rhode Island prohibits smoking in all of its campus facilities as well as at all points of access and egress from its facilities, including all connecting ramps and walkways such as those at the Knight Campus Megastructure. Smoking is allowed at or beyond designated enclosures located at each Campus or at a distance equal to those enclosures from the building. Smoking includes traditional tobacco products as well as "electronic cigarettes" and similar devices. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action as stipulated by the Dean of Students for student infractions, and the appropriate disciplinary process as set forth in collective bargaining agreements or Board of Education policy for faculty and staff.
The prohibition within all facilities will not apply to the use of tobacco products as part of a pre-approved, limited classroom demonstration or research project.
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