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Tobacco Policy



Please note this is a summarized version of the policy. The full policy can be found at

A. Policy Statements

1.  Texas State is committed to maintaining healthy and safe campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock.

2.  The purpose of this policy is to establish policy guidelines prohibiting smoking and the use of all tobacco products at the Texas State campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and all other tobacco products.

3.  The university expects all faculty, students, employees of contractors and subcontractors, and visitors to comply with this policy’s spirit and intent.

B.  Prohibition of the Use of All Tobacco Products

1.  The university prohibits smoking and the use of all tobacco products on all university property including:

a.  all buildings and vehicles owned, leased, or under the supervision of the university;

b. all outdoor grounds including athletic and recreational fields, golf course, parking garages and lots, Sewell Park, University Camp, and Freeman Ranch; and

c.  all outdoor stadia and grandstands for athletic and recreational fields.

2.  Artists or actors who participate in authorized performances which require smoking or the use of another tobacco product as part of artistic productions are exempt from this tobacco policy.

3.  Participants in academic research projects involving tobacco products are exempt from this tobacco policy if approved by the institutional review board on human subjects and the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

C.  Reporting Violations of the Tobacco Policy

1.  Employees or students who observe tobacco policy violations should inform the person that the university prohibits the use of all tobacco products on university property. If the violator refuses to adhere to this policy, the observer should then report the violation to the appropriate management official which may include persons such as supervisors, program coordinators, directors, vice presidents, professors, department chairs, deans, residence hall directors, apartment managers, or university police.

2.  Management officials will take reasonable measures to protect the anonymity of the person reporting the tobacco policy violation, with no retaliation or negative consequences if reported in good faith.

D. Compliance

1.  The university expects that all Texas State community members and others who use tobacco products will voluntarily comply with this policy’s spirit and intent.

2.  The university will deal with tobacco policy violations on a case by case basis in accordance with the university’s established disciplinary policies. Persons that repeatedly violate the tobacco policy should be reported to the appropriate administrative official:

a.  Student violations should be reported to the Dean of Students Office.

b. Faculty violations should be reported to the Office of the Provost.

c.  Staff violations should be reported to the appropriate vice president’s office.

d. Contractor and subcontractor violations should be reported to the department administering the contract.

e. Visitor violations should be reported to University Police.

E.  Smoking Cessation Resources

1.  Faculty, staff and students interested in assistance with smoking cessation may contact the Texas State Student Health Center at 512.245.2161 for information. The Student Health Center provides a smoking cessation program that is available to faculty, staff and students. The Student Health Center website at provides information on other resources for smoking cessation.

2. Faculty and staff may contact the Work Life coordinator in Human Resources at 512.245.2557 to request information on any employee assistance programs available to university or state employees interested in smoking cessation.