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C-10. Safe and Healthy Teaching and Learning Environment

Value Statements:

  • The Austin Community College District is committed to maintaining a safe, healthy, and productive teaching and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students.
  • The Austin Community College District seeks to support and promote good health practices for employees and students.

Given these values, the Austin Community College District shall:

1.  Establish and maintain a smoke-and tobacco-free environment for all College District facilities.

1.1 The College District prohibits the use, distribution, and/or sale of tobacco, smoke, and nicotine vapor products and devices (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes, hookahs, electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, or any other related products and devices) by any person on all premises owned, rented, leased, or supervised by the College District, including all College District facilities, buildings, and grounds.  This prohibition applies to property owned by others that the College District uses by agreement, and further applies to all District vehicles.  The only exception to this total prohibition shall be in those circumstances where the College District is party to a contract or other agreement relating to the property that limits its authority in this regard.

1.2 The College District shall not solicit nor accept a grant, gift, or any item or service of value from a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer whose principle business is tobacco, smoke, or nicotine vapor products and devices, and/or any other related products and devices.

1.3 The College District prohibits all tobacco, smoke, nicotine vapor, and/or any other related product  advertising or sponsorships on its property, at College-sponsored events, or in publications produced by the College District. 

1.4  The College District may offer and promote prevention and education initiatives that support non-use or cessation of tobacco products and the understanding of risks associated with tobacco use.

1.5  The College District President/CEO shall develop administrative regulations and procedures as necessary to implement this policy, including provisions for notification, signage, disciplinary consequences, complaint procedures, and enforcement.

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The Austin Community College Board of Trustees adopted this policy on October 3, 2011

and amended the policy on November 17, 2014.

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