A message from Dr. Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President
Yesterday, the college officially implemented our smoke-free campus policy. With the beginning of fall classes, this is an ideal time for us to start anew.
Our journey to become a smoke-free campus began over two years ago with our Board of Trustees and student leaders who expressed interest in adopting a policy to make Valencia a healthier place to learn and work. The core of their interest was protecting both staff and students from the effects of second-hand smoke, and a sense of wanting to model good health in our policies.
As you may be aware, a college-wide taskforce, led by Bill Mullowney, vice president of policy and general counsel, was convened in November 2010 to explore the feasibility of adopting this policy. The input and feedback from our students, faculty and staff led to the recommendation to go smoke free, and on July 19, 2011, our District Board of Trustees approved our Smoke-Free Campus Policy.
In taking the step to go smoke free, Valencia joins the University of Central Florida, University of Florida, Florida International University and many other colleges and universities in the state and around the country in providing healthier academic environments.
I would like to encourage you, as members of the Valencia community, to collectively share the responsibility to communicate, support and contribute to the smoke-free environment. As you walk through the halls, please remember to observe our smoke-free policy and help remind our students, visitors, and your fellow colleagues as we work together toward a healthier Valencia.