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March 15, 2012

Dr. Nick J. BrunoA message to ULM faculty and staff from ULM President Nick J. Bruno

Dear Colleagues,

Prior to my arrival at ULM, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and the Student Government Association—drafted a tobacco use policy pertaining to our campus. Upon review of their proposal, I suggested several revisions resulting in the final policy, which is included below.

The policy, effective April 2, reflects our collaboration. You may also view it here:
www.ulm.edu/tobaccouse.

I applaud the diligence of our campus leaders and their efforts in ensuring a healthy campus for our university community. I will be communicating with you again during the next several days concerning some additional news.

Tobacco Use Policy
The use of tobacco products is prohibited in all University buildings and leased spaces.  This prohibition applies to any area enclosed by the perimeter (outermost) walls of the building, including restrooms, storage areas, balconies, stairwells (enclosed and exterior), courtyards, and fenced in areas connected to a building as well as any other similar building features that are considered to be “a portion of a building," except where otherwise stated. This prohibition also includes exterior spaces.

Tobacco use is prohibited on the portion of the campus west of Bayou DeSiard (including the College of Pharmacy on Bienville). Any tobacco products west of Bayou DeSiard must be confined to personal vehicles.

East of Bayou DeSiard, tobacco use is permitted only within designated areas and in the Grove. Designated areas are defined as outdoor areas not less than 35 feet from any building entrance or window.

The use of tobacco products is prohibited in outdoor areas where seating is provided (stadium seating, benches etc.).

Specified areas for tobacco use are identified on a campus map and with appropriate signage. You can view the map at www.ulm.edu/tobaccouse/campus_east.html

Disposal of used tobacco products (butts, spittoon contents, dip wads, etc) in anything other than appropriate trash bins will be considered littering, counter to campus beautification efforts, and subject to appropriate fines.

The use of tobacco products is prohibited in all University vehicles. This prohibition applies to all licensed and unlicensed vehicles owned, leased, and rented by the University.

The sale, distribution, or advertisement of tobacco products is prohibited in University buildings and public areas.

Vice presidents, deans, directors, and department heads are responsible for ensuring that staff, students, visitors, and contractors are made aware of this policy, and that they comply with its requirements. Existing disciplinary policies may be used as appropriate.

Sincerely,

Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D.
President