Senate passes stricter smoking policy, then does nothing to enforce it

The University Senate spent two years tossing around the idea of whether or not to ban smoking on the campus. After two years of discussions, debates and sending the issue to different committees, the university’s most powerful legislative body came to a swift decision in September — instead of full-out banning smoking, university policy would be amended so smokers now had to stand 25 feet, instead of the original 15 feet, away from a building to light up.

At the time this was proposed, undergraduate senators pointed out the obvious: The policy change would mean little if enforcement didn’t take place. Officials’ answer to this? They would place “no smoking” signs and cigarette receptacles around the campus.

Sure, that definitely counts as enforcement.

That was five months ago. Guess what’s been done since then? You guessed it. Not a whole lot.

According to Facilities Management Director Carlo Collela, “there is no cigarette police,” and the policy is virtually unenforceable.

Collela said officials still need to replace old signage that reflects the old policy and move cigarette urns further from buildings. He expects the policy to be fully in effect in the next two months.

It took two years to get the “policy” passed. While it was being discussed, issues students actually care about — ahem, the Good Samaritan policy — were being pushed to the back burner.

Please tell us, University Senate: What was the point of passing this measure in the first place?

— Jim Bach and Lauren Redding


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