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Archive for Wednesday, March 10, 1993

POLICY WOULD BAN SMOKING AT KU

March 10, 1993

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Kansas University governance will consider on Thursday an initiative by the administration to ban smoking in campus buildings.

University Council will consider the proposal at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 212 of Blake Hall.

A student member of the council said the policy, if implemented by the administration, would ban smoking in all university buildings.

Executive Vice Chancellor Ed Meyen said smoking had triggered several complaints.

"We've been receiving a number of complaints by faculty and students about drifting and second-hand smoke," he said.

He said the administration is seeking input from students and faculty on a policy that would ban smoking in all parts of campus buildings, including private offices.

The ban would not include residence halls, he said.

The Senate Executive Committee last week discussed the proposed policy in executive session and forwarded the following resolution to the council:

"AS THE HEALTH hazards of tobacco smoke become increasingly evident, University Council recommends to the executive vice chancellor that the University of Kansas, Lawrence Campus, become a no-smoking environment. This policy would ban smoking from all campus buildings under the jurisdiction of the Lawrence campus. Residence halls and outdoor areas would be exempted. Smoking in privately owned buildings, such as the Union, would be determined by the governing boards of those units."

"Clearly, several universities are adopting similar policies," Meyen said, noting that the Kansas University Medical Center already has a smoke-free policy in its buildings.

Regional schools that also have no-smoking policies in university buildings include the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Colorado.

All have exceptions for dormitories, said Tom Hutton, acting director of KU University Relations.

After Thursday's council meeting, the administration will decide "fairly soon" whether to approve the policy, Meyen said.

"WE'LL GET feedback from the faculty, staff and students, and then we'll make a decision on the policy," he said.

Meyen said that if the policy is approved, it could be implemented by July or August.

"We'd like to give plenty of lead time," he said.

KU allows smoking in designated areas of some buildings on the Lawrence campus.

Meyen said he did not know why SenEx was discussing university policy behind closed doors.

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