I:01:04 Tobacco Free Workplace

Effective January 1, 2014, Volunteer State Community College is a Tobacco-Free Campus, with smoking and all other tobacco/tobacco-like products usage permitted only in parking lot areas 50 feet from all buildings. Receptacles will be provided in parking lots to assist with proper litter disposal. Disposal of tobacco waste, i.e., cigarette butts, chewing tobacco, herbal chew products, etc., in any device other than a waste receptacle will result in a littering citation. This policy applies to all college buildings and grounds and any buildings owned, leased or rented by Volunteer State Community College. Tobacco use is also prohibited in all state vehicles.  This tobacco-free policy is in effect 24 hours a day year-round and applies to all forms of tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, herbal chew products, as well as smokeless electronic cigarettes and other similar devices.

VSCC promotes a healthy, sanitary environment free from tobacco smoke and tobacco-related debris.  The VSCC community acknowledges that long-term health hazards may exist for people who use tobacco products or who are subjected to second-hand smoke.  The failure to address the use of tobacco products on campus constitutes a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act and Tennessee law.

It is the responsibility of all members of the VSCC community to comply with this Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy. Violations of the policy will be dealt with in a manner that is consistent with campus procedures.  There shall be no reprisals against anyone reporting violations of this policy.

Enforcement Policy

  1. Campus Police will inform the applicable supervisor of any employee violations, Student Services for student violations and Plant Operations of any contractor violations.  Employee violations will be addressed using the progressive discipline policy. Student violations will be addressed using student disciplinary procedures. Campus Police will inform visitors who violate the policy that they must adhere to the policy to remain on campus.
  2. Any violator of the policy who refuses to comply with the policy or becomes abusive toward any reporting and/or responsible party reporting the violation will be reported to Campus Police and dealt with according to campus policy and/or the law.
  3. No fines or citations, other than littering citations when applicable, will be part of the basic enforcement policy.

 VSCC Source:  September 8, 1988, President; August 16, 2004, President’s Cabinet; January 15, 2009, President’s Cabinet; September 9, 2013, President’s Cabinet