Tyler Junior College

Policies

Smoke-Free Policy

The Tyler Junior College Smoke-Free policy is being updated and a new one will be available shortly. Thank you for your patience.

Why did Tyler Junior College choose to go Smoke-Free?
The change is a result of recommendations from Student Senate and Faculty Senate. By recommending a smoke-free policy, it is clear there is a desire to create a safe, clean and healthy environment and make TJC a healthier campus. Furthermore, Tyler Junior College is committed to providing a healthy working and learning environment and recognizes the increasing weight of scientific evidence that smoking is harmful not only to the active smoker but also to the "passive" smoker who is exposed to others' smoke. The purpose of this policy is to reduce harm from secondhand smoke, provide an environment that encourages persons to be smoke-free and establish a campus culture of wellness. Tyler Junior College is invested not only in academic achievement, but also in developing life skills that will promote individual and civic wellness. Higher education prepares students to cope with the reality of living situations. One emerging reality is that fewer and fewer spaces permit smoking. In growing numbers, worksites, restaurants, public buildings, shopping malls, healthcare and transportation facilities are 100% smoke-free. Tyler Junior College has a responsibility to its students and employees to provide a safe and healthful environment. Research findings show that tobacco use in general, including smoking and breathing secondhand smoke, constitute a significant health hazard. In addition to causing direct health hazards, smoking contributes to college costs in other ways, including potential fire damage, cleaning and maintenance costs, and costs associated with absenteeism, health care, and medical insurance.

Where can I find the actual policy?
Please contact the Human Resources Department for more information.

When did the Smoke-Free policy start?
August 01, 2010.

Whom does this policy affect?
This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors.

Does the policy affect all TJC campuses?
Smoking is prohibited in all TJC Campus buildings and indoor facilities, campus grounds and walkways, all campus-owned or leased vehicles, including parking lots.

Can I smoke in my own car?
Smoking is prohibited in parked and moving vehicles while on grounds owned or under the control of Tyler Junior College.

Will there be cessation programs available for students, faculty and staff?
Students seeking assistance or related educational materials should contact the TJC Campus Health Clinic.Similarly, employees seeking assistance or related materials should contact the Human Resources office.

How will Tyler Junior College address compliance of this policy?
Tyler Junior College believes that self-enforcement will become a part of the norm. Students, faculty, staff and visitors will come to recognize the value of this policy and will chose to comply. Compliance with this policy is the shared responsibility and the right of all Tyler Junior College staff, students and faculty members. Any member of the TJC community may respectfully ask individuals to comply with this policy and or/report noncompliance when appropriate. If a student repeatedly violates the policy, the student will be reported to Campus Police. A student who is given more than two warnings by Campus Police will be referred for disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Similarly, if an employee repeatedly violates the policy, the employee will be reported to Human Resources for action in violation of college policy.

How will this policy be communicated to students, staff and visitors?
Education regarding Tyler Junior College’s Smoke-free policy will be included in formal orientation for all incoming students. Sufficient signage will be posted to inform members of the campus community and its visitors, including contractors and vendors, of the policy. All administrators, deans, directors, department chairs, and supervisors will communicate the policy to everyone within their areas of responsibility.

How many colleges and universities have gone 100% Smoke-Free?
At least 400 campuses nationwide have 100% Smoke-Free campuses.

Isn’t smoking a personal, legal right?
There is no "right to smoke" under any federal, state or local law. The college owns its buildings and grounds and has the right and responsibility to enact policies to reduce injury and illness by eliminating hazards and unsafe acts and conditions from its premises. Smoke-free environments are not about forcing individuals to change their lifestyle or behavior. Rather, they intend to protect the greater campus community and college interests.

Why should I comply?
We hope civility and respect for others will guide all of us during the transition toward a smoke-free campus. We realize that this policy may be taxing for smokers, but we hope that smokers will respect the right of their fellow members of the college community to breathe smoke-free air. We also hope that non-smokers will remind violators of the smoke-free policy will do so with courtesy and civility.

Do I have to quit smoking?
No. The college cannot compel you to quit smoking. You are encouraged, however, to use available resources to learn more about the health risks associated with tobacco use and smoking cessation resources.

Campus Police

Emergency: 903-510-2222
Non-Emergency: 903-510-2258

Address: Corner of Baxter and Lake St.