In accordance with the State of Iowa Smoke-free Air Act, smoking is prohibited at Maharishi University of Management. All indoor and outdoor spaces are smoke-free. The University’s policy of no smoking predates the new state law, but both are based on scientific test results on the negative health effects on both smokers and nonsmokers. The Smokefree Air Act was passed in 2008 to protect the public’s health and the health of employees from the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke. This law affects all businesses in Iowa, including public and private educational institutions. Maharishi University of Management is required to comply with the law, inform our employees and students about it, and enforce the law. Failure to do so could result in penalties for the University. For more details on the law, the Iowa Department of Public Health has provided a link on the Smokefree Air Act website at www.IowaSmokefreeAir.gov.
Penalties for Students Using Tobacco Products on Campus
According to MUM policy and Iowa state law, no one is permitted to smoke anywhere on campus. This includes outdoors (roadsides, lawns, sidewalks, etc.), and inside buildings, motor vehicles, and other enclosures. (University policy includes no smoking on or off campus in all vehicles owned or leased by the University.) Also, use of smokeless tobacco products and e-cigarettes is prohibited.
The law provides for fines against those individuals who violate the Iowa Smoke-free Air Act. Individuals who violate the University’s policies will be subject to fines and disciplinary action in addition to that prescribed by the state law.
Following are procedures and university penalties and fees pertaining to students using tobacco products and e-cigarettes on campus:
If a student is determined by MUM Campus Safety and Security to have been using tobacco on campus, a $50 fine will be levied. If smoking occurs, and within a campus building, an additional $250 Room Restoration Fee will be added to the fine, bringing the total to $300. The Room Restoration Fee is for cleaning, replacing carpet, mattress, repainting or whatever expenses are incurred by the University to make the environment suitable for non-smokers.
$ 50.00 Smoking Fine
+ $ 250.00 Room Restoration Fee
$ 300.00 Total
If MUM Campus Safety and Security determines a student has been using tobacco on campus a second time, either indoors or outdoors, a $100 fine will be levied. In addition, if the second offense involves smoking inside a campus building, the $250 Room Restoration Fee will apply, bringing the total to $350.
If MUM Campus Safety and Security determines a student has been using tobacco on campus a third or subsequent time, either indoors or outdoors, a $100 fine will be levied and the student may be suspended. In addition, if this offense involves smoking inside a campus building, the $250 Room Restoration Fee will apply.
Before a student is suspended pursuant to this policy, the student meets with a Student Support Committee in accord with the General Remedial Procedures listed in the Code of Student Behavior. The procedures outlined in that section will apply.
Any student seeking help with smoking cessation is encouraged to contact the Campus Nurse at 641-472-7000, ext. 3411 or visit her on the 1st floor of the Ladies Peace Palace.
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