Community College of Rhode Island

Environmental/Safety Committee Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2003

TO: Bill Mercer, Bob Antonson, Kathy Twining, Manny Terezakis, Edna O’Neill Mattson, Barbara Legg, George Sousa, Jim Ellis, Lou Rainone, Richard Robinson, Joanne Jacobs, Dennis Melander, Tracy Karasinski, Sue Lavallee

FROM: Stephen F. Marginson

Dean of Administration

RE: Environmental/Safety Committee Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 10:00 a.m. on May 8, 2003 in the Flanagan Campus

Attendees: Stephen Marginson (KC), Manny Terezakis (FC), Joanne Jacobs (FC), Jim Ellis (KC), Richard Robinson (FC), Mary Pecchia (FC), Edna Mattson, Lou Rainone (KC), Sue Lavallee (FC), George Sousa (FC)

Steve Marginson had Joanne Jacobs read the email that was sent from the office of Nancy Abood in Public Relations on April 3, 2003 to the committee. The email was a rough draft of what would be the amended Smoking Policy for CCRI. Discussion ensued as follows:

Joanne voiced her concern about exactly how the policy gets into the student handbook. Steve told her to check with Nancy's area for clarification.

The enclosures for the new "smoking pods" have been ordered and the concrete where they will be erected is now poured at all campuses.

Lou Rainone mentioned the fact that the amount of times people take "smoke breaks" continues to be an issue with those who don't smoke.

Joanne recommended that we as a committee need to have a "party line" about the amended policy whereby we state the policy and enforce it across the board with no exceptions. At least with a party line, she feels, that we will all be in line with what needs to be enforced and therefore have a leg to stand on when attempting to enforce the policy. As far as the students are concerned the clearer it is spelled out and presented to them the better.

Steve said that though Security is charged with the majority of the enforcement of this policy, it is up to all of us to say something when we see an offender of this policy.

On another note, Steve said that the new north-end addition of the Knight Campus is being filled as of this weekend. The Certificate of Occupancy for that area has just been received. Since movement of old offices and rebuilding or remodeling of same will occur, this committee may need to address certain environmental issues that arise.

Lou spoke about the ground floor and receiving area and the fact that though "No Unauthorized Personnel" signs are very visible, people constantly use the ground floor as a cut-through, which is unsafe. Steve's response was that when the new addition finally opens and traffic is flowing properly through that area, we should look at re-directing the way people access that end of the building. This may eliminate a lot of the traffic that goes through the ground floor to access elevators etc.

Link to CCRI Smoking Policy


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