Sunday, May 3, 2009

Student Congress Motion Passed... Again!

The undergraduate students representing various student organizations on campus passed a motion in Student Congress supporting a 100% smoke-free campus in March, with 23 for, 1 against.

That bill was vetoed by the Student Body Government president because he felt that a student forum on campus smoking was needed before he could pass/veto the bill.  The forum was hosted in April, and the SBG president decided, based on the input of the students, that instead of making the campus 100% smoke-free, there should be several designated areas with "reasonable accommodations" (e.g. shelter, gazebo) to protect the smokers from rain and wind.  

A new motion was created including the input from the SBG president and the community, to support a smoke-free campus with designated areas and reasonable accommodations, and this motion was passed again with 15 votes for, 1 against, and 2 abstained from voting.

1 comment:

Carolyn Stern MD said...


Good work guys!

Only one comment...I would carefully think about where the "designated areas" will be. I think it is going to be quite a challenge to have them on the "quad," as it is near many academic and dorm buildings, and people have expressed they don't like walking through smoke to get to SAC or other areas.

Keep shooting for 100% smoke free! :)

Carolyn Stern, MD