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No Smoking and Tobacco Use

Policy Number: HR-15
Effective Date: June 2007
Last Revision: May 2013
Responsible Officer: Associate Dean for Administration and Chief of Staff

PURPOSE

In compliance with The Philadelphia Code, Chapter 10-600 , entitled "Public Places – Prohibited Conduct," prohibiting smoking in public places and in the workplace, this policy was established to maintain a smoke-free environment for students, faculty, professional staff, contractors and visitors since research demonstrates smoking poses significant health risks.

APPLICABILITY

This policy applies to all Drexel University College of Medicine Faculty, Professional Staff Members, including those affiliated with a collective bargaining unit, Students, Contractors, and Visitors.

IMPLEMENTATION

Implementation of this policy is the responsibility of the Department of Human Resources.

ADMINISTRATIVE OVERSIGHT

The Associate Dean for Administration and Chief of Staff is the Drexel University College of Medicine official responsible for the administration of this policy.

POLICY

  1. Consistent with a smoke-free Drexel University College of Medicine and in support of a smoke-free Philadelphia , the sale of all tobacco products is prohibited on campus property.
  2. Smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of any entrance, exit, operable window, or air in-take of a Drexel University College of Medicine owned and/or operated building to include sidewalks and thoroughfares.
  3. Drexel University College of Medicine prohibits the smoking or carrying of lighted tobacco products in all indoor facilities, including interior connections to buildings, covered walkways, all building stairwells, hallways, restrooms, fire escapes, parking structures, Drexel University College of Medicine owned vehicles, outdoor athletic/recreation facilities, and during all Drexel University College of Medicine -sponsored indoor or outdoor events.
  4. All Drexel University College of Medicine sponsored activities taking place at facilities not owned or operated by Drexel University College of Medicine will be smoke-free in those areas under Drexel University College of Medicine's control.

DEFINITIONS

Faculty Member is defined as an individual employed by Drexel University College of Medicine in a tenured, tenure-track, non-tenured track or adjunct position who teaches at any college, school, center or institute in Drexel University College of Medicine.  A Faculty Member also is deemed to be exempt under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and/or applicable state law.

Professional Staff Member is defined as an individual employed in any non-faculty category by Drexel University College of Medicine, including an individual who is deemed to be either exempt or non-exempt under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and/or applicable state law.

Student is defined as any person currently enrolled, whether part-time or full-time, in undergraduate or graduate courses or programs.  Undergraduate Student denotes any Student who is primarily enrolled in undergraduate courses or program and has not obtained a bachelor’s degree in such course of study or program.  Graduate student denotes any Student who is primarily enrolled in graduate courses or program who is working toward a graduate degree or certification after having earned a bachelor’s degree.

PROCEDURES

  1. Each department chair, director or supervisor is responsible for ensuring policy compliance within his or her areas.
  2. Public Safety Officers patrolling the campus will instruct individuals to adhere to the non-smoking policy and respond to any complaints regarding the policy.
  3. Individuals who refuse to cooperate with the Public Safety Officers directive will be asked to provide their name, show ID, provide their department name, and the name of their supervisor. The Public Safety Officer will file a report and a copy will be forwarded to the individual's supervisor.
  4. When a Faculty or Professional Staff Member's supervisor is informed of a violation of this policy by Public Safety, he or she will handle the situation directly using the Performance Improvement Process Policy.
  5. Students violating the policy will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (formerly Judicial Affairs).
  6. In addition to any action outlined in the Performance Improvement Process Policy, any individual who violates this policy could be subject to a fine by the City of Philadelphia Health Department.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT NOT AFFECTED

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary stated in this policy, nothing herein is intended to alter the at-will status of any Professional Staff Member.  Drexel University College of Medicine at all times retains the right to terminate any Professional Staff Member at any time for any lawful reason, or for no reason at all.