March 4, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 4, 2011— Drury University will become a tobacco-free campus with the beginning of the fall semester in 2012. Currently, smoking is not allowed in any buildings at Drury University and this extension of that policy to the entire campus and all tobacco products reflects Drury’s commitment to wellness. The policy encompasses both smoking and smokeless tobacco.
“Last May, the Board of Trustees added a strategic goal to Drury’s mission that addressed wellness. Drury should be a healthy, safe and clean environment for our students, visitors and for the Drury community. This policy will help us achieve that goal,” said Drury President Todd Parnell.
The tobacco-free policy will be phased in over the next 18 months. First, the President’s Council on Wellness will oversee a task force charged with enforcement of the policy. Beginning in the fall of 2011, the task force will seek compliance from those found using tobacco products on campus. This will entail conversations and handouts to build awareness that Drury is a tobacco-free campus. Concurrent with the effort to educate and seek compliance, the President’s Council on Wellness will provide a portion of its budget to be used to pay for cessation programs for full-time students enrolled in the traditional Day School during the 2011-2012 school year. Drury’s health benefits plan provides for smoking cessation at no cost to faculty and staff.
Beginning on Aug. 17, 2012, tobacco-free will become official university policy. The Tobacco-Free Task Force will develop the enforcement portion of the policy over the next several months.
“This policy will be enforced, but our hope is that it will never get to the disciplinary phase. The Drury community has a respect for the health of others and for a clean environment and those values will be reflected in compliance with a tobacco-free campus,” says Matt Miller, director of campus wellness. “We’ve designed this program after months of study within the Drury community to gauge campus attitudes. The extended time frame to implement the policy gives Drury ample time to educate the community about the new rules, and it gives smokers the opportunity to take part in a cessation program if they choose to do so.”
Drury University consulted with The Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Campus Policy at Ozarks Technical Community College in developing its policy.
This is just the latest wellness effort Drury has embarked on in the last few years. Recent wellness initiatives include: new weight and exercise equipment in Barber Fitness Center, fitness classes for students and employees, healthier options in University vending machines and a free bike loan program for students.
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Media: President Todd Parnell, Drury’s Director of Wellness Matt Miller, along with students will be available to the media from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday, March 4 in the studio inside Shewmaker Communications on the southwest corner of Central Street and Drury Lane.
Director of Campus Wellness
Office: (417) 873-6991
Mobile: (417) 576-3846