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USC Upstate Tobacco-Free Campus Policy 

The University of South Carolina Upstate is dedicated to providing a safe, healthful, comfortable, and productive learning, living, and working environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), direct smoking is currently responsible for approximately 3.5 million deaths worldwide each year. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) is responsible for an estimated 53,000 deaths per year in nonsmokers. In addition, the 1986 US Surgeon General’s Report entitled, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking, concluded the following:  Involuntary smoking is a cause of disease, including lung cancer, in healthy nonsmokers. The simple separation of smokers and nonsmokers within the same airspace may reduce, but does not eliminate, the exposure of the nonsmoker to ETS. In addition to causing direct health and environmental hazards, smoking contributes to institutional costs in other ways, including fire damage, cleaning and maintenance costs, and costs associated with employee absenteeism, health care, and medical insurance.

In light of this information, and as part of a global wellness initiative for the University, USC Upstate shall become completely tobacco-free effective November 20, 2008 with the provisions listed below. For the purposes of this policy, tobacco is defined as any product made of tobacco including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, bidis, and any and all chewing tobacco products. Smoking is defined as burning any type of the above-listed tobacco products. This policy is in effect 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

  1. Tobacco use is prohibited in all USC Upstate owned or leased buildings (including in all offices, classrooms, laboratories, meeting rooms, residence halls restrooms, lobbies, lounges, cafeterias, hallways, stairwells, elevators etc.), building entrances, balconies, decks, patios and outside stairways to buildings and outdoor passageways to entrances; buildings on land for use by the University; all University vehicles; sidewalks; parking lots; athletic venues; common areas; and any and all land for use by the University land, including campus “green spaces”.
    1. This includes the areas of USC Upstate in Greenville, the Community Education & Outreach Center (CEOC) and any other current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties.
  2. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited on the USC Upstate campus and other current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties.
  3. The free distribution of any tobacco product is prohibited on the USC Upstate campus and other current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties, including to or by any clubs or organizations.
  4. USC Upstate campus organizations are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies, or from distributing free, reduced-price, or fully priced tobacco products (including all items containing tobacco as well as promotional products such as t-shirts, hats, etc.)
  5. All tobacco advertising, including flyers, posters, electronic media, University newspapers and other publications etc., is prohibited on the USC Upstate campus and other current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties, as supported by the University posting policy.
  6. All advertisements for recruitment of students and employment of faculty and staff will denote that “USC Upstate is a tobacco-free campus”.
  7. Copies of this policy will be distributed regularly to all students, faculty, and staff.
  8. “Tobacco-free” and “No-Smoking” signs will be posted throughout campus and in any and other current or future USC Upstate owned or leased properties and all ash trays and “butt containers” will be removed.
  9. USC Upstate will provide tobacco cessation programs and will offer resources for any student or employee who is interested in discontinuing tobacco use.

Enforcement of this policy will depend on the cooperation of all faculty, staff, and students not only to comply with the policy, but also to encourage others to comply. All USC Upstate constituents need to be active in helping create a healthy campus by encouraging compliance from any individual or group who violates the policy.

  • The Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Deans, Departments Heads, and other Supervisors will communicate this policy to all faculty and staff members of their respective areas of responsibility. Violations of this policy by faculty or staff will be the responsibility of that individual’s supervisor. 
  • The Office of Housing and Residential Life will inform all residential students of the policy in writing and otherwise and will implement appropriate sanctions via the campus judicial process for violations of this policy inside and immediately around the residence hall areas.
  • The Athletic Director will be responsible for student athlete violations of this policy.
  • The Dean of Students will be responsible for student violations of this policy in all other areas of the University community.
  • The Office of Special Events will be responsible for enforcing this policy by any visitors utilizing campus facilities for special events.
  • Complaints or disputes regarding violations of this policy should be brought to the attention of the University employee who has immediate responsibility for the workplace, event, or residence, or to his/her supervisor. If satisfactory resolution is not reached, the University Chancellor should be consulted.

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