After receiving complaints from students about smoking on campus, ASCSU distributed a short survey to students in Fall 2011. ASCSU partnered with the CSU Health Network in Spring 2012 to create a more comprehensive survey to better assess student, faculty, and staff opinions regarding tobacco use on campus.
- Seventy-six percent of students and 50 percent of faculty and staff reported weekly exposure to secondhand smoke
- About one-third of respondents reported having an allergy or medical condition that was triggered by secondhand smoke.
- Respondents reported being exposed to secondhand smoke most often while walking across campus, on the Lory Student Center and Clark Plazas, near Eddy Hall and Morgan Library, parking lots and garages, and at building entrances.
- Respondents agreed that litter caused by smoking detracted from the appearance of CSU, and that the litter as well as the presence of secondhand smoke conflicted with CSU’s identity as a “green” campus.
- The majority of respondents also agreed that it is the responsibility of campus administration to enact policies and regulations that protect members of the campus community from secondhand smoke exposure.
At the request of ASCSU and the President of the Student Health Advisory Council, Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Blanche Hughes, and Vice President of Operations Amy Parsons, appointed a tobacco policy task force in Spring 2014. Members of the campus community worked together to thoroughly assess all possible options and gather additional input from campus constituents.
The Task Force’s final report included a recommendation to expand CSU’s smoke-free areas to include the academic spine of campus and outdoor courtyards and common areas of CSU housing, as well as to remove any receptacles within 25 feet of any campus building.
Vice President Parsons approved the policy changes on April 7, 2015.
CSU’s smoking policy, prior to these recent changes, already included the interiors of all university buildings and university owned or leased vehicles, outdoor areas within 25 feet of any entrance, passageway, operable window or ventilation system, and the Transit Center, per City of Fort Collins and Transfort guidelines.