Faculty and Staff: The university’s smoking policy has been revised to comply with the Ohio Smoke-Free Workplace Act. Following is a copy of the new policy.
Wittenberg is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive work environment for its employees and students. We recognize and support the findings of the United States Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form poses a significant health hazard to tobacco users and to those exposed to secondhand smoke. Furthermore, we are committed to upholding The Ohio Smoke-Free Workplace Act, which prohibits “smoking” in a “public place” or a “place of employment.” As such, smoking is prohibited in all university vehicles and buildings, and in the areas immediately adjacent to the entrances or exits from those buildings. This prohibition is without regard to the time of day or the presence of other employees and includes, but is not limited to, residence halls, classrooms, labs, offices, restrooms, private offices and other common interior spaces. It applies to all faculty, staff, students, contract service employees, campus visitors and vendors.
All of us share the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this policy. Any concern should be brought to the attention of your supervisor, department head or the associate vice president for human resources.
The university will provide financial support to individuals who wish to enroll in a university-approved smoking cessation program.