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Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, DRUGS & SMOKING

Alcoholic Beverages & Drugs

No alcoholic beverages may be consumed, served, sold, or stored by students, guests, invitees, educators, administrators, or executives of Bristol Community College at any of the college campuses or satellite locations or in any motor vehicle owned or leased by Bristol Community College without the advance written approval of the college President. Under-age drinking is prohibited at Bristol Community College functions and on any part of the college campuses.

Bristol Community College prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possessing, or use of a controlled substance on its campuses, including while using a motor vehicle owned or leased by the college, or as part of any college-related activity.

Employees who violate these prohibitions shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or discharge and shall also be subject to referral for criminal prosecution. Violations of these prohibitions should be brought to the attention of the employee’s immediate supervisor or the Office of Human Resources.

Smoking

Bristol Community College shall be a tobacco-free campus. The use of tobacco, including any oral tobacco products, is prohibited within college buildings, walkways, in college or state fleet vehicles, and on college-owned property, not otherwise leased to another organization. This prohibition applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visits at all college locations. Use of tobacco will be permitted in private vehicles parked on campus.

Employees who violate these prohibitions will first be admonished and provided with educational literature. Disciplinary actions will be reserved for repeat infractions and infractions that interfere with the College’s academic or workplace needs or responsibilities. Visitors who fail to comply with these prohibitions may be prohibited from remaining or returning to campus. Violations of these prohibitions should be brought to the attention of Campus Police, the employee’s immediate supervisor, or the Office of Human Resources.

Smoking - Tobacco-Free College Policy

The Bristol Community College tobacco-free campus policy provides a healthy working andlearning environment. The purpose of this policy is to reduce harm from secondhand smoke, provide an environment that encourages persons to be tobacco free, establish a campus culture of wellness, reduce health insurance and health-care costs, and promote a tobacco-free future.

The 2006, U.S. Surgeon General's Report states that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can be harmful and set processes in motion such as cancer, heart disease, or respiratory conditions. 

Policy

Bristol Community College shall be a tobacco-free campus. The use of tobacco is prohibited within college buildings, walkways, in college or state fleet vehicles, and on college owned property, not otherwise leased to another organization. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors at all college locations. In support, Bristol Community College provides comprehensive tobacco cessation and prevention services.

This policy prohibits the use of any oral tobacco product.

Smoking will only be permitted in private vehicles parked on campus or on Elsbree Street.

Successful implementation of this policy requires a college-wide cooperative effort. All members of the college community are urged to assist in this endeavor.

Complaints concerning employees of the college should be brought to the attention of the employee’s immediate supervisor or in the alternative to the Executive Director of Human Resources or the Associate Director of Human Resources. Complaints concerning students should be brought to the attention of a campus police officer, who may refer the matter to the Vice President for Preparedness, Compliance and Students, Enrollment Services; and any official actions taken will be in accordance with the Student Handbook. It is anticipated that violators would first be admonished and provided with educational literature. Disciplinary measures would be expected to be reserved for repeat infractions and infractions that interfere with the college’s academic or workplace needs or responsibilities. Visitors who fail to comply with the policy may be prohibited from remaining on or returning to campus. In all cases, Campus Police will assist in helping students and employees who identify a violation.

Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all members of the campus community, including visitors, to observe this policy.

All administrators, deans, directors, department chairs, and supervisors will communicate the policy to everyone within their areas of responsibility.

Campus Police and Public Safety is responsible for determining policy applicability and will answer policy related questions. It is the responsibility of Health Services to provide information regarding tobacco prevention and cessation.

Procedures

The policy will be communicated to all members of the campus community. Education regarding the college's tobacco-free policy will be included in formal orientation for all incoming students and employees. Sufficient signage will be posted to inform members of the campus community and its visitors, including contractors and vendors, of the policy. Compliance with this policy is the shared responsibility and the right of all Bristol Community College staff, students, and faculty members. The success of this policy will depend upon the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of users and non-users of tobacco products.

This policy became effective June 7, 2010. 

Education and treatment are the preferred intervention for violators, but violators may also be subject to fines and disciplinary action. 

Relevant Laws, Guidelines & Policies

Bristol Community College Drug & Alcohol Policy

Relevant Resources

AdCare

AA Meetings

Addiction Center

College Tobacco Prevention Resource  

Tobacco Free Org.

American College Health Association  

American Cancer Society  

Healthy City Fall River

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights  

American Cancer Society  

Healthy City Fall River  

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights  

American College Health Association

The BACCHUS Network - Tobacco free org.

College Tobacco Prevention Resource

Relevant Contacts

Campus Police
x2218

Office of Human Resources
x2194

Vice President for Preparedness, Compliance and Students, Enrollment Services
x2150 

Campus Police
x2218

Related Handbook Sections

Cleary Act Security Report

Termination of Employment

Contact Details

Human Resources
Fall River Campus
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 2194
Fax: 508.730.3278
Location: D208A
Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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