Policy and Sanctions
Policy:The use of tobacco is prohibited within the main university campus. This includes all buildings (including residence halls), parking structures, campus walkways, university owned vehicles, and privately owned vehicles parked on university property. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors, and other visitors to all university property. Prohibited tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookahs, all smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes.
All faculty, staff, and students have collective responsibility to promote the safety and health of the campus community and, therefore, share in the responsibility of enforcement. The Offices of Campus Security and Residence Life are authorized to issue citations for violations of the policy. The Office of Residence Life will enforce the policy within the residential community of buildings and proximate exteriors. Students found in violation of the policy will be submitted to the university judicial process.
The University cannot prohibit the use of tobacco on public sidewalks along the perimeter of campus. But, the university will enforce sanctions should smoking occur on private property or neighborhood yards located near Belmont’s campus. Our Community Code of Conduct states that students must respect the rights and properties of all individuals and the community itself. In addition, all tobacco products are included in Tennessee litter laws enforced by Metro officers and punishable by fines.
The Office of Campus Security will also enforce and implement the policy throughout the campus community and will support the actions of the Office of Residence Life.Faculty, staff, contractors, vendors, and other visitors in violation of the policy will be reminded in a professional and courteous manner of the university policy.
Failure to comply with the request should be reported to the Office of Campus Security. Repeated offenses will be reported to their respective supervisors and to the Office of Human Resources for further disciplinary action.
Sanctions for Violating the Tobacco Free Policy
The sanctions described below apply to the entire Belmont University campus including buildings, garages, residence halls and outside open areas. The offices of campus security and residence life are authorized to issue citations for violations of this policy, but Belmont is counting on all students, faculty and staff to collectively promote and enforce the policy. We believe that all students, faculty and staff share in the safety and health of the campus community.
Inside a Building—Health & Safety Fine of $150 (The sanction for smoking inside buildings is heightened since that is a leading factor for building fires, especially in residence halls.)
Outside—Health & Safety Fine of $75
Should any student wish to appeal the automatic fine, an appeal process is outlined on the documentation provided at the time of the incident.
Upon a second violation, a student is required to participate in the formal student conduct process. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, Health Assessment with University Health Services, participation in an Educational Program/Activity, and a Health & Safety Fine of $200.
Referral to the Community Conduct Board and sanctions to be determined based on the incident and previous student conduct violations.
Students may appeal a citation for violating the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy.
If it is a student’s first violation, the student has 14 days (2 weeks) from the date of the citation to submit the Tobacco Appeal Form. Forms received after 14 days will not be considered for appeal. The form can found here electronically; additionally, hard copies are available both in the Office of Residence Life located in Wright Hall and the Campus Security office located in the Gabhart Student Center. The student should complete the form in its entirety and attach the original citation.
The appeal should be submitted to the Office of Residence Life for record-keeping purposes. It will then be forwarded to an appellate officer for review. Appellate officers are selected by Belmont’s Tobacco Committee and serve at the committee’s discretion. Appeal reviews occur monthly and decisions will be communicated to the student via an email to the student’s Belmont email address. During review, appellate officers may uphold the citation as is or invalidate the citation which eliminates the fine and the violation from the student’s record. Grounds for invalidating a citation are limited to:
- Actual bias on the part of the person issuing the citation; and/or
- Citations improperly issued due to location of incident or other misapplication of the policy. All appellate decisions are final.
If it is a student’s second violation or more, the student may appeal in accordance with the Bruin Guide's Adjudication Process for conduct violations.
Inside a Building—Health & Safety Fine of $150
(The sanction for smoking inside buildings is heightened since that is a leading factor for building fires, especially in residence halls.)
Outside—Health & Safety Fine of $75
Upon a second violation, employee sanctions may include, but are not limited to, Health Assessment with University Health Services, meeting with supervisor, suspension for up to two days without pay and a Health & Safety Fine of $200.
Suspension without pay for up to four days or termination.
All employee sanctions will conform to the provisions of the applicable handbooks.