As Towson University transitions to a smoke-free environment, our primary goal is to achieve voluntary compliance by educating students, faculty, staff, and visitors about the policy and providing smoking cessation assistance to those who seek it. That said, enforcement is often necessary to aid in the adoption of a new policy, and there will be an enforcement agency monitoring compliance with the policy. TU Police and Resident Assistants are also authorized to issue smoking citations. Any faculty, staff, student, or visitor who does not comply with the policy is subject to the disciplinary actions listed below.
Faculty and staff who violate the policy are subject to a $75 fine and progressive disciplinary procedures in accordance with the university’s human resource policies. Supervisors will be notified of violations and will assist in the discipline process. Supervisors are expected to remind individuals of the policy and seek cooperation with compliance. Students who violate the policy are subject to a $75 fine and disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education. Visitors who violate the policy will be informed that Towson University is a smoke-free campus. Visitors who continue to violate the policy following a warning will be escorted off-campus.
How You Can Aid Enforcement
Faculty, staff and students who see individuals smoking on university grounds are asked to inform these individuals politely that university policy prohibits smoking anywhere on university grounds. This can be done verbally through conversation, or by handing the smoker one of the policy reminder cards available at the Dowell Health Center, residence hall community centers, the Office of Human Resources, and the University Union Information Desk. Individuals who do not feel comfortable approaching someone violating the policy can submit the area and type of violation to enforcement staff using the smoke-free reporting form available below. Individuals should not contact the Towson University Police Department to report a violation of the policy.