Butler County Times Gazette
  • Trustees hear about tobacco-free policy

  • For the past three months, a group of faculty, staff and students have been meeting every other week in an effort to create a tobacco-free policy for Butler Community College.
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  • For the past three months, a group of faculty, staff and students have been meeting every other week in an effort to create a tobacco-free policy for Butler Community College.
    During Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Bill Rinkenbaugh Vice-President for Student Services, discussed the proposed policy with the board members.
    “This is our fifth draft of the policy,” he said. “Our thought was to bring this to the board and let you have a discussion about it.”
    The current draft of the policy states the use of tobacco products by students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and visitors will be prohibited on all Butler Community College properties.
    The only exception would be the use of tobacco in the driver or passenger area of personal vehicles, provided all tobacco waste products are disposed of properly.
    Rinkenbaugh plans to send the policy out to all employees once final revisions are made.
    During the discussion, Trustee Greg Joyce wondered about the exception.
    “Allowing them a place to smoke isn’t really a tobacco-free campus,” said Joyce.
    Rinkenbaugh explained while the college can control what happens in its buildings and on its grounds, controlling what individuals do in their cars would not be possible.
    Additionally, the board discussed the cost of implementing the program. Rinkenbaugh estimated it would cost around $25,000 to $30,000 to implement the policy and place signs around campus.
    The college has applied for a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to cover the cost of implementation.
    “I wasn’t really on board with the policy to begin with,” said Trustee Candace Kunkel. “Especially if it’s going to cost the college money. There’s a lot more things we could be spending money on instead of this.”
    The policy development committee will continue to meet, and the board will again discuss the proposed policy after finding out whether or not the Kansas Health Foundation will fund the implementation.
    As the proposal stands now, the policy would take effect on Aug. 1, 2013.
    In other business, the trustees:
    • received an operational staff report.
    • received a faculty report.
    • received a report from interim president Dr. Karla Fisher.
    • discussed the recently implemented policy of not allowing students to register for a class after it has already started.
    • approved the FY 2013 modified operating budget.
    • approved a notice up letter. The mutual gains bargaining team met in November 2012 and finalized the notice up letter for the 2013-2014 mutual gains bargaining.
    Page 2 of 2 - • approved the selection of CoalFire Systems, Inc. as the consulting firm to assess the college’s compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard regulations.
    The regulations must be followed in order for the college to be able to process credit card transactions.
    • recessed to executive session to discuss matters related to non-elected personnel. No action was taken.

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