I. PURPOSE AND INTENT
The University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee (USFSM) has a vital interest in maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Therefore, it is the Policy of USFSM to provide a tobacco and smoke free environment for our students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors.
II. STATEMENT OF POLICY
USFSM is a tobacco and smoke free campus. Tobacco use, distribution, or sale, including, but not limited to, smoking and chewing is prohibited. This Policy covers all buildings, property and grounds where USFSM business is conducted. For the purposes of this Policy only, the USFSM campus is defined as any and all space shown on the map referred to in Section IV. Faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors are not allowed to use any tobacco products within this area.
“Tobacco” is defined as any product made of tobacco including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, bidis, hookahs, and any and all chewing tobacco products. “Smoking” is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying or possessing any lighted tobacco product. “Tobacco Use” means the personal use of any tobacco product whether intended to be lit or not, which shall include smoking as defined above, as well as the use of an electronic cigarette or any other device intended to simulate smoking, and the use of smokeless tobacco, including snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, or any other form of loose-leaf smokeless tobacco, and the use of unlit cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco.
IV. CAMPUS BOUNDARIES
For the purposes of this Policy only, the USFSM campus boundaries are shown on the map
included herein titled USFSM CAMPUS BOUNDARY MAP – EXHIBIT A.
V. SMOKING ZONES
There are no designated smoking areas at any USFSM location.
Enforcement of this Policy depends upon the cooperation of all faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors not only to comply with this Policy, but also to encourage others to comply with the Policy. Anyone who is in violation of the Policy (including faculty, staff, students, vendors or visitors) should be politely reminded of the Policy and asked to comply by discarding the tobacco product. Any student who continually refuses to abide by the Policy may be considered in violation of the student Code of Conduct and subject to its disciplinary procedures. Continuing violations by any faculty or staff member will be handled through normal University processes.
All attendees at non-University or public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events and cultural events using USFSM facilities are required to abide by this Policy. Organizers of such events are responsible both for communicating this policy to attendees, and for its enforcement.