Approved December 6, 2010
The Surgeon General of the United States has concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found second-hand tobacco smoke to be a risk to public health, and has classified secondhand smoke as a group A carcinogen, the most dangerous class of carcinogen. Further, the California Air Resources Board has categorized secondhand smoke as a toxic air contaminant. Tobacco smoke is hazardous to smokers and non-smokers alike. Especially in Marin where the incidents of cancer, and particularly breast cancer, are high, it is important for Dominican University of California in its educational mission to promote a safe and healthy campus environment through the adoption of this tobacco-free, no-smoking policy. In doing so, Dominican University will serve as a role model for institutions in Marin County. Bay Area Community Resources and Kaiser Permanente have worked with Dominican on the development of this policy.
Dominican University of California has a smoke-free policy for its campus effective January 1, 2011. The use of cigarettes, cigars, cloves, pipes, medical marijuana, and hookah is prohibited on all property and in all indoor and outdoor spaces owned, leased, licensed, or otherwise controlled by Dominican University. Smoking is prohibited in all vehicles owned by Dominican University and at any event or activity on campus property.
The sale of tobacco products for smoking or of tobacco paraphernalia is prohibited on all property owned, leased, licensed, or otherwise controlled by Dominican University.
No tobacco-related advertising or marketing shall be permitted on Dominican University property, at University events, or in publications produced by the University, with the exception of advertising in a newspaper or magazine that is not produced by Dominican University and which is lawfully sold, bought, or distributed on campus property.
All community members have the right and the responsibility to inform or remind violators of the policy and request compliance. Students in violation of the Smoke Free Campus Policy will be fined $25 for the first offense, and will be subject to further disciplinary sanctions, including additional fines for repeat offenses of the policy.
Members of Kaiser Permanente with supplemental drug coverage receive tobacco cessation medications at their regular prescription copayment and free classes. Non-members will need to pay for classes—(San Rafael (415) 444-2433 Petaluma (707) 765-3960). Low-cost cessation groups are provided at Bay Area Community Resources (415 755-2399). Free help for quitting is available through the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS. Helpful information is also available at the Student Health Center.
The Office of Student Life will establish and publicize guidelines for responding to students who violate the smoke-free policy. Guidelines will be similar to those for violations of the alcohol policy: there are various levels of violation and fines are commensurate with the offense. Each violation will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The policy will be added immediately to the online Student Handbook and will be published in future student handbooks/planners.
The Office of Human Resources will publicize the smoke-free policy and respond to current and incoming employees. That office will include information about the policy on the Human Resources webpage, which is consulted by persons interested in Dominican University employment. Human Resources will respond to violations of the policy in a fair, consistent, and appropriate manner; each case will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
The Admissions Office will notify prospective students of the policy.
Smoking will be permitted outdoor in the only designated smoking area on campus. This is located between Fanjeaux and Pennafort dormitories, adjacent to the parking lot and driveway, along Palm Ave.