Valley City State University is committed to a healthy and safe environment for students, employees and visitors. E-cigarettes and all tobacco use, including smoking and chewing tobacco, is prohibited in university owned or operated buildings and on all campus property and grounds. Smoking and chewing tobacco are not permitted in university owned, leased or operated vehicles. This policy applies to all employees, students, visitors and contractors.
No tobacco related advertising or sponsorship shall be permitted on campus property or in campus publications. “Tobacco related” refers to the use of a tobacco brand, corporate name, trademark, logo, or any other product identifiable with any brand of tobacco or tobacco company.
Assistance for tobacco cessation is available through the Office of the University Health Nurse. Individuals requesting assistance with tobacco cessation services, will be referred to NDQuits (www.NDHealth.gov/NDquits
), the North Dakota Department of Health multi-media tobacco cessation program. This is a free cessation service provided to anyone currently residing in North Dakota.
It is not a violation of this policy for an adult Native American to use tobacco as part of a traditional Native American spiritual or cultural ceremony.
Please contact the Vice President of Student Affairs to obtain approval for the on campus ceremony.
All parties impacted by the ceremony will be informed and an agreement will be reached regarding the date and time for the ceremony.
A Native American is a person who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.Communication of tobacco-free policy
In accordance with Valley City State University’s plan for communicating this policy, the University Nurse will communicate the importance of the tobacco-free campus policy at least once per semester via campus-wide emailing to all students, employees and staff.
Enforcement of this policy will depend upon the cooperation of all faculty, staff and students to not only comply with the policy, but also to encourage others to comply in order to promote a healthy environment in which to work, study and live.
Violations of this policy should be referred to the appropriate administrative office for review and appropriate action: for faculty, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs; for staff, the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs; for students, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Effective date: January 1, 2008
Revised: January 2012
Revised: June 2015