SGA to discuss tobacco-free policy next Senate

At last week’s Senate, SGA did more than just welcome newly elected members. To kick off the year, SGA Vice President Chris Piedmont read a draft of the tobacco-free campus policy. The official policy will go before the Board of Trustees at its October meeting, and will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

While Piedmont read the draft last Tuesday, senators did not discuss its content. However, at this upcoming Senate on Sept. 24, senators will debate the policy draft and provide suggestions to the Board of Trustees. Other students are welcome to attend the meeting and provide their feedback as well. Senate will take place at its regular time on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Stern Center Ballroom.

According to SGA President Jordan Hensley, once Senate is over this Tuesday, she will gather the feedback and send it to Chief of Staff Brian McGee and others in the administration to “take into consideration.”

Hensley recognizes that students won’t all agree on the tobacco-free campus policy. She said, “I strongly believe that the Senators won’t all come in with the same opinion. Some people will love it and some people will hate it. Some will come with suggestions for amendment.”

Last semester, SGA voted in favor of a tobacco-free campus, while faculty senate voted against the change. Senators were split on the decision, especially concerning specifics and policy implementation.

The draft policy covers a wide-range of aspects, including exceptions, coverage, policy violation and discipline.

In order to read the full policy, click here.


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Sarah Sheafer is the editor-in-chief of CisternYard News. She is a senior, double majoring in political science and international studies with a focus in the Middle East.

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