approved by MCCC Board of Trustees 12/13/12
SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS (OMB 695)
I. Reason for Policy
Mercer County Community College has a vital interest
in maintaining a healthy and safe environment for its
students, faculty, staff and visitors. Furthermore,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified
secondhand smoke as a “Group A" human carcinogen, which
means there is no safe level of exposure.
A. Smoking – means the burning of, inhaling from,
exhaling the smoke from, or the possession of a
lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter
or substance which contains tobacco or any other
matter that can be smoked, or the inhaling of smoke
or vapor from an electronic smoking device.
B. Campus grounds or property – means any land,
building or structure, including partially enclosed
structures, or any part of any such land, building,
or structure, which is owned, leased, or occupied
by the college; it includes, but is not limited to,
parking lots, athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis
courts, and any other outdoor area under the control
of the college.
III. Policy Statement
A. Smoking Restrictions
1. Mercer County Community College is a smoke-free
institution. Thus, the following restrictions
are put into effect:
a. Smoking on campus grounds is prohibited.
b. Smoking is prohibited at all times
in all college-owned or leased vehicles.
2. This policy shall be incorporated in the room
reservations policy and procedure and other
methods of granting permission for individuals
and groups to use college space or facilities.
Any employee or student who willfully violates this policy will
be subject to discipline according to established procedures. The
discipline will include a fine in the amount of $25 for the first
offense, $50 for the second offense, and $100 for each subsequent
offense. Visitors who refuse to comply with this policy may be
escorted off the premises by security staff.