Smoking of any nature and any use of tobacco products is prohibited on all campus owned, controlled, or leased property and grounds. Tobacco products are defined to include:
- Lighted cigarette (such as clove, bidis, kreteks), cigars, pipes, and hookah products
- Any smokeless, spit or spitless, dissolvable, or inhaled tobacco products, including but not limited to dip, chew, snuff, snus, in any form (such as orbs, sticks, pellet, etc.)
- Any other nicotine or THC delivery device (such as electronic vaporizers).
The directive applies to all employees, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors. It is the responsibility of the campus community to be compliant and to encourage others to adhere to the directive. Failure to comply may result in appropriate disciplinary action as outlined under existing student, employee, and visitor guidelines and policies. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications or devices for tobacco cessation are exempt from this directive. Littering on campus with smoking and tobacco products is prohibited.
Persons in violation of this directive may be subject to the following:
- Students may be referred to the appropriate student conduct office. Violation of this directive is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, #12 (Violation of Law, Directives, and Signage).
- Employees may be referred to their supervisor and/or appointing authority for appropriate action.
- Visitors may be required to leave the campus if they fail to conform to the directive when advised.
FRCC-Westminster Campus Tobacco Free Directive came into effect on April 3, 2017 after much consideration. Consideration for the directive began in 2009 and was supported by grants provided by BACCHUS and Tri-County Health from 2009 through 2015. In February 2015, a campus-wide survey was conducted that reported 70.8% of respondents would support a tobacco free campus.
Smoking or use of any tobacco product is not permitted in any facility or on the grounds of FRCC-Westminster Campus. This includes property that is “owned or controlled” by FRCC-WC, which includes parking lots, sidewalks, and the open space. Westminster Campus Tobacco Free Boundary of where the directive is in effect.
Tobacco products include: lighted cigarette, cigars, pipes, hookah products, any smokeless, spit or spitless, dissolvable, or inhaled tobacco products, including but not limited to dip, chew, snuff, in any form and any other nicotine or THC delivery device (such as electronic vaporizers).
The directive applies to every person on FRCC-Westminster Campus, including employees, students, contractors, vendors and visitors.
We do not require anyone to abstain from using tobacco off campus. The directive simply means that no one can use tobacco products while on campus. If you do not wish to quit smoking, and would like to curb cravings while on FRCC-Westminster Campus property, we suggest working with a health care provider to determine alternatives that will work for you.
Tobacco is a legal product for adults. Today, about 1 out of 5 adult Coloradans use tobacco. However, FRCC-Westminster Campus reserves the right to set rules regarding activity on our premises and to create an environment that we believe is in the best interest of the educational environment for our employees, students, and visitors.
With the utmost courtesy and respect, remind the person that FRCC-Westminster Campus is a tobacco free campus. Business-sized referral cards, referencing the directive and cessation resources, will be available in Student Life and Human Resources to distribute to those who are smoking on campus. The following are suggested scripted messages individuals are encouraged to use when they see someone violating the directive:
Situation: You see a person using tobacco products on FRCC-Westminster property.
Response: "Hello, my name is _______, and I am an (employee, student) here at FRCC-Westminster Campus. I want to make you aware that we are now a tobacco-free campus … meaning that tobacco products are prohibited on our grounds. We would appreciate if you would not use tobacco products while visiting our campus. Thank you for your cooperation."
Question: "Where am I allowed to smoke?"
Response: "Smoking and other tobacco products are not allowed anywhere on the FRCC-Westminster Campus. This is a new directive, meant to promote better health in our students and employees. If you need to smoke or use tobacco products, you will need to leave the campus."
If a person continues to smoke or becomes confrontational, we encourage you to walk away and call public safety at (303) 404-5411.
Designated smoking areas are not consistent with the directive. FRCC-Westminster Campus is intended to create a healthy environment to live, work and learn. Designated smoking areas create confusion and are a compliance challenge. In fact, rarely do people comply with designated smoking areas.
Individuals observed smoking or using tobacco products on campus will be informed of the directive and asked to stop. The success of this directive will also depend on the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of users and non-users of tobacco products. FRCC-Westminster Campus asks that all students, employees and visitors not only comply with the directive, but also encourage others to comply in order to promote a healthy and clean environment in which to work and learn.
The Student Code of Conduct regulates student behaviors on campus, including adherence to campus policies. Continued failure by students to comply with the directions of college officials to abide by these rules may be reported to the Dean of Student Affairs as a violation of rights and freedoms #12 in the FRCC Code of Conduct. Further sanctions may be imposed at the discretion of the Dean of Student Affairs.
Compliance with Front Range Community College rules and regulations is considered a standard part of job performance for all employees. Repeated failure to employees to abide by these rules may be addressed through information discussions between the employee and their immediate supervisor (e.g., clarifying FRCC-Westminster Campus tobacco free directive, outlining available resources, and helping the employee to develop a strategy for compliance with the tobacco free directive).