After a year-long process that included campus-wide input, the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors approved a new policy in November 2012 to make UCM a tobacco-free institution by July 2014. The purpose of the new Use of Tobacco Policy is to “promote the health of the university community, to preserve and protect university property, and to provide a clean and safe environment to work, study and learn.”
UCM began implementing the new policy January 1, 2014, providing a six-month initiation period for education, distribution of information, and opportunities for individuals who want to stop using tobacco to take advantage of low-cost cessation resources. Such resources are currently available on campus, and more information about them is available at ucmo.edu/vsap/cessation.
Under the policy, tobacco will be prohibited on campus grounds and in all university-controlled buildings, including residence halls and apartments, as well as in university-owned or leased vehicles. Exemptions to this policy include personal vehicles, the Keth Memorial Golf Course range at Pertle Springs, parking lots during designated public events such as commencement, as well as sporting or performing arts events. Additionally, tobacco use may be permitted for controlled research and educational or religious ceremonial purposes, if approved by the proper senior administrator. The sale of tobacco products on campus and tobacco advertisements in any university-owned media will be prohibited. Guests to campus can find more information concerning the new policy at: http://www.ucmo.edu/free/.
With this change in policy, UCM will become one of 825 colleges and universities nationwide that have indoor and outdoor smoke-free policies, and one of 608 campuses that are tobacco free. UCM becomes one of 12 Missouri public and private colleges and university campuses that have adopted tobacco-free policies.