Tobacco-Free Campus

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) is committed to creating a safe, clean, and healthy educational environment for all students, employees, and visitors.  NDSCS is a tobacco-free College in order to promote the health, wellness, and safety of all constituents.  The purpose of this policy is to reduce the harmful effects of secondhand smoke; provide an environment that encourages persons to be tobacco-free; and establish a culture of respect and wellness.  In working to achieve this intent, NDSCS commits to:

  • Reduce the high incidences of tobacco use at NDSCS;
  • Protect the health and safety of all students, employees, and the general public;
  • Establish a standard of healthy, tobacco-free behavior.
Policy

NDSCS prohibits the use of tobacco products on College property including off-campus, College-sponsored events/activities.  This prohibition includes indoors, outdoors, College vehicles, and/or personal vehicles while on College property.  This policy applies to all employees, students, and visitors.  This policy will be reflected in all agreements/contracts for use of NDSCS grounds or property by individuals and/or companies. 

Tobacco usage includes any product that contains tobacco, is derived from tobacco or contains nicotine or other similar substances, intended for human consumption, or is likely to be consumed, whether smoked, heated, inhaled, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, or ingested by any other means.  The term “Tobacco Product” includes E-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices, pipes and rolling papers, but does not include any product approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for legal sale as a tobacco cessation product and is being marketed and sold solely for the approved purpose.

Compliance and Enforcement

NDSCS employees, students, and visitors are responsible for complying with this policy.  Individuals who violate this policy may be subject to student or employee disciplinary action and provided cessation information.

  • NDSCS Police and Residential Life staff will enforce the Tobacco Free Policy.
  • Employees who become aware of tobacco use by another employee or student on College property or at off-campus, College-sponsored events can report the details of the incident to the NDSCS concerns page at ndscs.edu/concern.
  • Repeated student violations will be reported to the Executive Director of Student and Residential Life.
  • Employee violations will be reported to the employee’s supervisor.  Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action.
  • Visitors who persist in noncompliance will be asked to leave College property.
Seeking Assistance/Cessation Information

Confidential access to resources, services and cessation medication is available through

NDSCS Student Health and Counseling Services

Richland County Public Health

North Dakota Quitline

Prevention and Education

The health hazards of tobacco use have been well established in research.  Use of tobacco products is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in North Dakota.  NDSCS is committed to promoting healthier educational, work, and living environments, and recognizes the serious health risks associated with the use of tobacco products, both to users and non-users alike, and believes that the use of tobacco products are detrimental to the health and safety of students, employees and campus visitors.  For further information on pertinent College educational opportunities, contact Bethany Mauch, NDSCS Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Prevention Specialist at (701) 671-2124. Or call the Human Resources Office at 701-671-2903, or email Human Resources at ndscshr@ndscs.edu.

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