Smoking Policy

In accordance with Connecticut State Law, and effective January 1st, 2021, smoking and tobacco use will be prohibited in all facilities and grounds of Housatonic Community College campus with no exceptions. These areas include, but are not limited to; all outdoor and indoor spaces and properties, the garage and all vehicles within the garage, previously designated smoking areas, elevators, hallways, employee lounges, entrances and exits, vehicles owned, leased, or rented by the college, and any other area or property owned by Housatonic Community College. This policy must be adhered to by any individual who is on campus property including but not limited to: students, faculty, staff, members of the general public, visitors, and volunteers. This policy is effective 24/7.

For purpose of this policy, “smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying, or possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and cannabis. For purpose of this policy, “Tobacco use” means, the personal use of any of the above listed items, as well as any not listed device that contains tobacco, THC, CBD. THC meaning tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD meaning nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp. This policy includes Juuls, battery powered e-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, automizers, and any other e-cigarettes. This policy also includes smokeless tobacco products such as snuff, chewing tobacco, tobacco pouches, and loose-leaf tobacco.

The President and/or Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs may allow tobacco or smoking for research purposes in a controlled laboratory setting that includes proper ventilation from any toxins and secondhand and thirdhand smoking. The use of tobacco products shall not be prohibited when used in connection with the practice of cultural activities by American Indians that are in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C. sections 1996 and 1996a allowing for the use of ceremonial tobacco. All ceremonial use exceptions must be approved in advance by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Enforcement

The enforcement of this policy rests with all members of the college community, and will be followed through by a designated conduct sanction board in place and their judicial officer. Those who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary measures by Housatonic Community College and will be in violation of state laws.


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