Tobacco Free Campus

The Sage Colleges is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive living and work environment for our faculty, staff, administrators and students and a healthy, comfortable, and safe environment for our visitors. 

Policy

Due to the acknowledged health hazards arising from tobacco products, including exposure to secondhand smoke, it shall be the policy of The Sage Colleges to provide a tobacco-free environment for all employees, students and visitors beginning January 1, 2012.  This policy covers tobacco of any kind, including the use of smokeless or "spit" tobacco and applies to all employees, students and visitors of The Sage Colleges.

  1. The use of tobacco or tobacco products is prohibited in or on any Sage College facility or property, owned or leased, at any time. 
  2. The use of tobacco or tobacco products is prohibited in any Sage College vehicle at any time.
  3. The sale of tobacco products on campus is prohibited. 
  4. The use of tobacco advertisements are prohibited in The Sage Colleges sponsored publications. 

In keeping with Sage's commitment to protect and promote the health of its employees, students, visitors and other campus constituencies, and the public in general it is Sage's policy to provide a tobacco-free environment in all college facilities and outdoor areas in full conformance with applicable status including the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act (Public Health Law Article 13-E).

As we work towards our goal of keeping our campuses free of tobacco-litter, please be respectful of the surrounding communities and private properties located in proximity of our campuses.

Definitions

"Tobacco" and "tobacco products" - includes tobacco of any kind, including the use of smokeless tobacco, "spit" tobacco, electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarettes, pipes or any other smoking  material  or device.

College Facilities/Property – any campus building, owned or leased, including but not limited to: private offices, lounges, dining areas, recreational facilities, all college owned, leased or rented vehicles, and any personally owned, leased or rented vehicles parked on Sage property.

Campus - Any college outdoor area that is open to access by the public or campus community, including but not limited to parking lots, sidewalks, athletic fields, lawn areas and any College facility entrance or egress.

Albany Campus -  The area within the borders of New Scotland Avenue on the North, Academy Road on the West, the fence separating Sage and Parsons on the South, and the tree line adjacent to our parking lots on the East.

Troy Campus - The outdoor areas within the borders of Congress Street on the North, First Street on the West, Division Street on the South and Second Street on the East, as well as the following properties:  17-33 Congress Street (1 Park Place), 46 First Street, 30 Congress Street, 51-107 First Street, 86-90 First Street, 74 First Street, 92 First Street,  96-102 First Street, 111 Second Street, 100 River Street, 10 Division Street, 12 Division Street, 14 Division Street, 111 First Street, 113 First Street, 115 First Street, 117 First Street, 68 River Street, 1-7 Gale Place, 133 First Street, 63-65 First Street, 101 Liberty Street, 51 Congress Street, 45-49 Congress Street, 53-55 Congress Street, Franklin Street, 61 Ferry Street, 113 Second Street, 35-37 Division Street, 106 Second Street, 127 Third Street, 159 Third Street, 140 Second Street.

Neff Center - The properties of 1017 Fifth Ave, 1010 Fifth Ave, 1008 Fifth Ave, 1000 Fifth Ave

Enforcement of the Tobacco Free Policy

Enforcement of the Sage Colleges Tobacco Free policy shall be the responsibility of the entire Sage community.  Students, faculty, staff and administrators are expected to fairly, politely and firmly engage in peer enforcement, and when required, report violations of the policy to supervisors.  Enforcement of the policy shall be in a manner of "progressive discipline".

For the purpose of this policy, "Supervisors" shall mean:

  1. Appropriate Dean of Students for students;
  2. Immediate supervisor for staff and administrators;
  3. Department chair or academic Dean for faculty members.

Any student or employee of the Sage Colleges who observes or otherwise suspects that another person is using tobacco products on any property or in any vehicle owned or leased by TSC shall promptly, firmly and politely advise that person of the tobacco free policy.  If the person is a member of the Sage community and refuses to comply, he should immediately notify the supervisor of the offending party. 

If the offending person is not a member of the Sage community and refuses to comply, request that Public Safety escort them off campus.

Any student or employee of the Sage Colleges who observes or otherwise suspects that another person is using tobacco products on any property or in any vehicle owned or leased by TSC and who has been advised of the policy for a previous violation, shall immediately notify the supervisor of the offending party.

Upon notification of a supervisor, the supervisor shall arrange a meeting with the offending person.  During the meeting, the supervisor shall:

  1. Reiterate the TSC Tobacco Free policy;
  2. Discuss the reasons for the policy;
  3. Discuss the benefits of the policy;
  4. Discuss strategies for assisting the employee in complying with the policy;
  5. Discuss the resources available for smoking cessation, such as the Wellness or Employee Assistance Program;
  6. Reprimand the offender for violation of the policy.

Upon notification of a supervisor of a subsequent violation of the policy by the same offender, the supervisor shall prepare a written reprimand (3 copies) for the offender that contains items 1, 4 and 5 as above, and further advises the offender that future violations of the policy will result in serious disciplinary action, up to and including termination from employment or expulsion from studies at TSC.  Any subsequent disciplinary action would be determined according to the appropriate student/employee/faculty handbook or union contract.   The supervisor shall have the offender sign and return one copy of the reprimand, retain one copy for themselves and forward the third copy to Human Resources.

Subsequent violations of the policy by the same person shall result in a level of discipline that:

  1. Convinces the offending party to comply with the Tobacco Free policy;
  2. Demonstrates to the Sage community the importance of compliance with the Tobacco Free policy.

**Anyone organizing an event that brings outsiders to campus is responsible for communicating this policy to its attendees. Visitors to campus in violation of the policy will be informed of the policy and if they refuse to comply will be removed from campus.**

As we work towards our goal of keeping our campuses free of tobacco-litter, please be respectful of the surrounding communities and private properties located in proximity of our campuses.