Student government representatives at Marshall University hope to make the campus tobacco free using a plan that would rely on self-enforcement.
The Student Government Association's Senate has approved a resolution to ban the use or sale of tobacco products on campus. Although the measure would not impose punishments, SGA President Ray Harrell Jr. believes it will nevertheless be effective.
"If you impose this policy, eventually people will begin to accept it and just not smoke because they know it's a rule," Harrell said.
Many other college campuses have banned tobacco and rely on the self-enforcement method, he said.
In June, the Board of Governors at West Virginia University approved a similar campus tobacco ban. Although the policy threatens anything up to expulsion of students or loss of work for employees, a university spokeswoman said at the time she didn't think that would happen.
WVU President Jim Clements will designate the people in charge of enforcement, according to that school's policy.
A ban enacted in 2004 at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine has been very effective, a university representative told the Daily Mail in June. On Nov. 15, a similar ban takes effect at West Virginia Northern Community College, according to the Associated Press.
The Marshall Board of Governors must approve the policy, and Harrell also wants the faculty senate to look it over, he said. Although the resolution met some opposition (it passed 11-7), he said a grassroots student movement has pushed for a tobacco-free campus for years.
"A majority of the student body has brought this up for years, and I wanted to address it how all constituencies deemed necessary," Harrell said.