March 11, 2010
To the campus community:
Following the Student Association sponsored forum on the no smoking policy during fall semester, I established a Smoking Policy Enforcement Task Force made up of students, faculty and staff. I have received and approved their recommendations and have placed responsibility for implementation with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Support and Student Life. A Smoke-free Campus Advisory Committee consisting of staff and students has been appointed to implement the recommendations and monitor progress.
Quoting from the task force report, "the best approach is a fresh and sustained effort to educate both the campus and the community of the smoke-free policy, with the intent of changing social norms." The committee will proceed to implement the task force recommendations beginning with a week of kickoff events following spring break. More information including a FAQ, and a schedule of events for kickoff week can be found at http://www.d.umn.edu/breathefree.
UMD has been a leader among campus communities in providing a safe and healthy environment for students and staff. I am confident that the recommendations put forth by the task force will be instrumental in these efforts.
Kathryn A. Martin
Support breathefree UMD
Student, staff and faculty are needed to help spread the word about UMD's smoke-free policy. You can help by keeping us informed of campus locations that are frequented by violators. Email email@example.com with times and locations. This is a confidential email address.
And help by posting the breathefree poster in high-traffic areas.