Catalog and Student Handbook
Since the Surgeon General has determined that cigarette smoking is the largest preventable cause of illness and premature death in the United States and research indicates that nonsmokers who are exposed to tobacco smoke are also at risk, a safe and healthful environment is one which is as smoke-free as possible. Germanna has a smoke-free environment in all interior areas of the College buildings. This policy is adopted in compliance with the Virginia Clean Air Act and in the interest of the College to maintain a safe and healthy environment. Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas outside of college facilities at each campus. These designated areas will have signage that distinguishes them. In order to maintain a clean campus, receptacles for cigarette disposal will be placed in these designated areas for use by smokers. Receptacles for cigarette disposal will be placed in these designated areas for use by smokers.
All Germanna Community College employees should help ensure that buildings remain smoke free by tactfully directing smokers to the nearest designated smoking areas outside the building.
An employee’s failure to abide by “no smoking” designations may result in disciplinary action, as determined by the appropriate Standards of Conduct. A student’s failure to abide by “no smoking” designations may result in disciplinary action as determined by the Dean of Student Development and Student Code of Conduct.
The Germanna Community College Police Department will be responsible for the enforcement of this policy by administrative or criminal action in accordance with state statute.