I7: Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy

Responsibility for Maintenance: Human Resources 

Date of most recent changes: December 20, 2013

Onondaga Community College joins the American College Health Association (ACHA) in supporting the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active or passive, is a significant health hazard. Moreover, Onondaga Community College recognizes that environmental tobacco smoke is classified as a Group A carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a result, Onondaga Community College has adopted a policy addressing reduction of smoking and the use of tobacco.

I. Policy Statement  

Smoking and tobacco use is restricted on Onondaga Community College property. The use, distribution, or sale of tobacco or any smoking device, including e-cigarettes, or the carrying of any lighted smoking instrument in College buildings or on College premises, at offsite College-required learning activities, at events on College premises, or in College-owned, rented or leased vehicles, is prohibited except in parking lot locations that are at least 50 feet away from all campus buildings.

II. Reason for Policy  

Onondaga Community College serves to protect the health, safety, and comfort of its students, employees, and visitors and is consistent with the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act. This policy serves to respect the rights of smokers and non-smokers; wherever the needs of smokers and non-smokers conflict, smoke-free air shall always have the priority.  

III. Applicability of the Policy  

This policy applies to all College employees, students, visitors, and vendors. It is the responsibility of College administration to assure that this policy is communicated to everyone within their areas of responsibility.

IV. Contacts   

Subject Office Name Title or Position Telephone Number Email/URL
Questions regarding policy – employees Human Resources Vice President of Human Resources (315) 498-2516 [email protected] 
Questions regarding policy – students Student Engagement & Learning Support Senior Vice President for Student Engagement & Learning Support (315) 498-2990 [email protected] 


V. Definitions  

Tobacco and smoking includes any lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, bidi, clove cigarette, and any other smoking product or nicotine delivery device including e-cigarettes. This also includes smokeless or spit tobacco also known as dip, chew, snuff or snus, in any form.

VI. Procedures  

Violation of the smoking policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion for students, and up to and including discharge according to the applicable bargaining agreement for employees.


Approved by OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006

Updated and approved by the President March 7, 2007, effective May 14, 2007

Updated and approved by the President April 16, 2012

Updated and approved by the President December 20, 2013