What is Towson University’s smoking policy?
Towson’s smoke-free policy prohibits smoking in all buildings and on all exterior grounds owned or operated by Towson University, including the athletics precinct, parking garages, bus shelters and open spaces. All forms of smoking--including electronic cigarettes--are prohibited. The policy took effect August 1, 2010. It aims to reduce the health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke, reduce health costs associated with smoking, and ensure that all members of the campus community have access to clean air.
Who does the policy affect?
The policy applies to anyone who is on property owned by Towson University, including students, faculty, staff, contract/other employees, visitors, volunteers, contractors and service representatives.
How is this policy communicated to campus groups and to potential visitors?
The policy is communicated via permanent signage on campus buildings and grounds as well as through regular posts on the daily TU Today newsletter and campus digital signs. Information about the policy is available on the TU website and included in university marketing materials, new hire training, event tickets and contracts.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions about the policy?
Additional questions or concerns on the Smoke-Free Towson policy should be addressed via e-mail to smokefree AT_TOWSON.
Are there designated smoking areas on campus?
No; all grounds owned and operated by Towson University are smoke-free.
How do smokers know what is not University property?
The university does not own the sidewalks and streets that border its campus. For example, on Towson’s campus, the sidewalks on York Road, Burke Avenue, Towsontown Boulevard, Osler Drive and Cross Campus Drive are not Towson University property. Everything within these streets is university property and is covered by the smoke-free policy. Additionally, all Towson University property surrounding the Centre for the Arts, the Towson Center, and the General Services building is covered by the smoke-free policy.
Are Unitas Stadium and SECU Arena smoke-free?
Yes. The interiors and university grounds surrounding both facilities are within the campus boundaries and are thus smoke-free.
Are university parking ramps, parking structures, bus shelters and parking lots smoke-free?
Yes. All parking structures, bus shelters and parking lots that are on university grounds are covered by the smoke-free policy.
Are recreational facilities such as Schuerholz Park, Burdick Field and the South Campus
practice fields smoke-free?
Yes. All recreational facilities including Schuerholz Park, Burdick Field and all practice fields are included in the smoke-free policy.
Where can I receive assistance in quitting smoking?
Students, faculty and staff can receive assistance in smoking cessation and education through the Health Center, or through Maryland’s Smoking Stops Here website.
Who enforces the policy?
TU Police and Resident Assistants are authorized to issue smoking citations, and a dedicated enforcement agency is also available to monitor policy compliance. Any individual can report a smoking violation using the smoke-free reporting form.
How is the policy enforced?
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.
What should I do if I see someone smoking on university grounds?
Faculty, staff and students who see individuals smoking on university grounds are asked to inform them that university policy prohibits smoking anywhere on university grounds. You can also report violations using the smoke-free reporting form.
How do I pay a citation?
Citations are processed through the Bursar's Office in the same way as tuition statements and other university bills. You will receive an eBill notification in your Towson e-mail account, after which you can pay the fine online, in person or through the mail.
What is the process for contesting a citation?
To contest a smoking citation, the citation recipient must put in writing their reasons for contesting the citation and send it along with their name, Towson ID number and the citation number within 25 calendar days to: Smoking Citations Review Panel, Housing & Residence Life, Towson University, Towson, MD 21252. The information will be reviewed by the smoking citations review panel and the person will be informed of the panel’s decision either by e-mail or in writing. All decisions are final.
Who is on the smoking citations review panel?
The Smoking Citations Review Panel is comprised of the following members:
How does the review panel work?
The panel reviews each citation and the written information from the individual contesting the citation. Based on this information, the panel will decide to either uphold the fine or overturn it. The cited person may choose to appear before the panel. The administrator on the panel will only vote if necessary to break a tie vote of the panel.
The Administrator will convey the panel's decision to the cited person in writing, either by letter or e-mail. If the decision is to uphold the fine, the cited person must pay the $75 fine within 10 calendar days of receiving the decision. The decision of the panel is final. There is no appeal of the panel’s decision.