Gardner-Webb is an alcohol and drug-free campus. This information is provided to all students, faculty and staff to provide a comprehensive overview of the health risks and legal implications related to alcohol and other drug use and to serve as a reference for on- and off-campus resources.
PhilosophyGardner-Webb is a private, coeducational university with historic Baptist values located in North Carolina. Its purpose is to provide learning of distinction in the liberal arts and in professional studies within a caring community based on Christian principles and values. Students, faculty and staff are part of a community of learning, and Gardner-Webb seeks to prepare and encourage students to make meaningful contributions to the global community in which we live. To this end, the university strives to develop students intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically.
University Policies and Sanctions
The policies listed below apply to the Gardner-Webb campus and all university-sponsored events at off-campus locations. Administrators, alumni, faculty, guests, staff, and students must adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and University regulations related to the sale and use of alcoholic beverages and drugs. Any person found in possession of felony drugs, or manufacturing or selling of alcoholic beverages or drugs on the university campus or at University-sponsored events will be referred to University Police for prosecution. Any student or employee convicted of violation of state and local law may be subject to suspension from the University.
Gardner-Webb University supports and is fully committed to the concept of a drug and alcohol-free campus community. In order to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Gardner-Webb publishes the following and makes it available to each student and to all employees.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances such as, but not limited to, the following:
Gardner-Webb will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees who violate the terms of paragraph one. Upon conviction, the appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the University and/or satisfactory participation in a drug and alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purpose by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency will be taken. More specific penalties are outlined in the following publications: Gardner-Webb University Student Handbook, Gardner- Webb University Special Studies Bulletin, Gardner-Webb University Graduate Catalog and Gardner-Webb Personnel Policies Manual. Violations may also be referred to the appropriate civil authorities for prosecution under local, state, and federal law.
Local, state, and federal laws prohibit the unlawful possession, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. The applicable legal sanctions for various offenses are listed in the North Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure book, and a reference copy is maintained in the University Police Office. A booklet describing the health risks associated with the illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol is made available to all students and employees. Additional information and individual counseling is available through the University’s Counseling Center in Tucker Student Center. If necessary and at the student/employee’s expense, referral can be made to an outside agency. Violation of subsection (a1) of this section shall be an infraction and shall not be considered a moving violation for purposes of G.S.20-16 (c), the law prohibiting passengers in a motor vehicle from possessing an open container of alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.
Resources and Student AssistanceDimensions is a weekly series of programs designed to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and cultural life of the University and Gardner-Webb is a community and all members of the community are responsible for maintaining order and discipline on the University campus. The Student Development Division serves the primary role of coordination and implementation of Gardner-Webb University’s substance abuse policy. The division’s position emphasizes the early identification and intervention into substance abuse problems experienced by persons.
InformationThe Counseling Center provides current information on alcohol and other drugs, including topics of addiction, self-assessment and help, consequences of drug use, and drug facts. Counselors are available for consultation with any person. The Office of Housing and Residence Education provides programs on topics of health care, to include alcohol use and abuse, throughout the year.
This information is made available through brochures, journals, books, videos and cassette tapes, posters and newsletters to faculty/staff and students. High-traffic areas of the campus will be provided with handout materials related to substance use and its consequences.
Education/ProgrammingEducational experiences are offered by key areas within the University. These experiences include:
Counseling/ReferralService-learning is an active learning practice that connects the work in the classroom directly to the needs of the community. The University maintains close affiliation with Partners Behavioral Health and Atrium Health, where persons may be referred for assessment and/or treatment. In addition, referrals may be made to local providers.
Self-Help ResourcesAlcoholics Anonymous / Adult Children of Alcoholics / Al-Anon AA is an informal international fellowship of people who join because they cannot control their use of alcohol. Their purpose is to stay sober and help others who want to achieve sobriety. They do not actively recruit new members, but newcomers are always welcome. They meet and talk about their alcohol problems and how to stay sober. Al-Anon is a fellowship that offers support for family and friends of alcoholics whether the alcoholic wants help or even admits he or she has a drinking problem. Comfort and understanding is given through a mutual exchange of experiences, strength and hope. Phone: (704) 484-1000.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not distract from or disrupt the educational pursuits of others. Should an instructor determine that a student’s conduct is distracting or disruptive to the educational environment in the classroom, the instructor may request the disruptive student to leave the class immediately. Such students may not return to the classroom until they have met with the instructor and offered assurances that they can conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. The instructor reserves the right to inform the Dean of Students. If the student is dismissed from the class permanently because of disruptive behavior or other violations of the Code of Student Conduct, the student’s final grade will follow the grading period for a “W” or a “WP/WF,” depending on the date of the dismissal.
In the event a student refuses to remove him/herself upon request, the instructor should contact University Police immediately. A University Police Officer will then escort the disruptive student to the Office of the Vice President of Student Development or Dean of Students for possible disciplinary action. In the event a student refuses to remove him/herself upon request, the instructor should contact University Police immediately. A University Police Officer will then escort the disruptive student to the Office of the Vice President of Student Development or Dean of Students for possible disciplinary action.
The Gardner-Webb University Posting Policy has been designed to keep the campus buildings clean and in good condition. For the purposes of this policy, a poster is defined as any form of print publicity, with no regard to size, shape, or content that is in a public area. There are certain regulations to which students must adhere when posting posters on campus.
All posters must be approved and stamped before posting occurs on campus. The Assistant Dean of Student Engagement or his or her designee, is responsible for reviewing and either approving or rejecting all proposed posters, with the exception of all posters for department sponsored events. Before posting items on campus, students should review the complete posting policy below. Please send flyers/posters to [email protected] or stop by the Office of Student Engagement (1st floor, Tucker Student Center) for approval. Once approved all posters must be placed on approved locations.
Sidewalk Chalk Policy
Students, faculty and staff may us washable chalk to create promotional messages on approved exterior surfaces of the Gardner-Webb University campus. Chalk messages must be on horizontal sidewalk surfaces. Any group or individual that writes a chalk message that requires pressure washing to remove will be charged appropriately for its removal. Chalk messages must adhere to the Posting Policy guidelines in terms of content allowed.
Approved Posting Locations
Library:First floor- Outside the study room
Suttle Wellness Center:Small bulletin board in lobby. (see Suttle Wellness Center Staff)
LYCC:Main floor- On the wall as you start to go downstairs
Tucker Student Center:1st Floor- Across from the mailboxes.1st Floor- Across from the elevator.2nd Floor- Wall across from the elevator.2nd Floor – Entrance bathroom wall.3rd Floor – Wall across from the elevator.3rd Floor – Wall outside the bathrooms behind computer desk.
Withrow:First floor- Wall across the water fountain
Craig:Main floor- Main door entrance on the right side of the wall.
O. Max Gardner Hall:Main floor- Straight in the main entrance on the student materials board.
Hamrick:Bottom floor all along the walls (6 in total).
Elliott:First floor- first door entrance across from the bathroomSecond floor- outside the one classroom.Third floor- Wall outside the computer lab.
Lindsay:First floor- Main entrance and down the stairs beside the faculty bathroom labeled announcements boardSecond floor- Up the main entrance stairs through the door of Lindsay hall and on the right side of the wall.
DCC:Outside of the Caf doors on the right side of the wall.
Residence Halls:Please contact the Director of Housing and Residence Education for Approval
Approved Sidewalk Chalk Locations
Tucker Student CenterFront Entrance – Outside of Covered EntrywayBack Terrace – Patio area outside of covered area
Dover Campus CenterConcrete area around facility. No chalk on brick pavers or under covered entryways.
Suttle Wellness CenterSidewalk area outside of covered awning
Residence HallsPlease contact the Director of Housing and Residence Education for Approval
Unmanned Aerial/Aircraft Systems (UAS), or “drones,” have emerged as a new technology of interest for hobbyists, commercial purposes, and educational purposes. This policy will offer guidance regarding the type of drone operations acceptable and processes for requesting permission to operate drones on Gardner-Webb University property.
Federal and State RegulationsAll operations and use of drones on the Gardner-Webb University property must be in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration and North Carolina Department of Transportation regulations.
Federal Aviation Administration RequirementsThere are two options to fly your drone legally. Each option has different requirements depending on how you want to fly.
North Carolina Department of Transportation GuidelinesRecreational drone operators are not required to obtain a license or permit from the Division of Aviation. However, recreational users are subject to NC USA rules and regulations. A permit is required for commercial & government drone operations in North Carolina. Passing the UAS Knowledge Test is a requirement for obtaining a permit. To begin the Division of Aviation permit process please visit ncdot.gov/divisions/aviation.
I. Specialized Terms and Definitions
II. An emotional support animal may not reside in Housing and Residence Education Facilities without the approval of authorized University Officials as outlined in this Policy and as required under the Federal Fair Housing Act.
III. A student requesting permission to have an emotional support animal in his or her on-campus housing must provide the NOEL Center for Disability Resources with appropriate documentation 60 days prior to the start of the semester in which they are enrolling to ensure sufficient time to review all pertinent information. Student requests may be accepted and reviewed after this date, but Gardner-Webb University cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet late applicants’ accommodation needs, including any needs that develop throughout the semester.
IV. Some websites sell certificates, registrations, and licensing documents for emotional support animals to anyone who answers certain questions or participates in a short interview and pays a fee. Such documentation from the internet is not, by itself, sufficient to establish that an individual has a disability-related need for an emotional support/comfort animal.
V. The NOEL Center for Disability Resources requires such advance notice in order to gather, review, and verify the necessary documentation, which includes but is not limited to: verification of a disability, the determination of any conflicting conditions or disabilities in the immediate vicinity where the animal will be housed, and verification of all vaccinations and the health of the animal including all the necessary licensing. If documentation is immediately available, the time for the determination process may be shortened. Emotional support animals are not restricted to dogs or cats. However, wild/exotic animals or undomesticated animals that pose a greater risk of attack or transmission of illness may be denied based on individual evaluation.
VI. Documentation of the need for an emotional support/comfort animal shall include a signed letter, on professional letterhead, from an approved medical provider. The provider or therapist shall be familiar with the professional literature concerning the assistive and/or therapeutic benefits of emotional support/comfort animals for people with disabilities. At a minimum, the letter should include the following items:
VII. The NOEL Center for Disability Resources Staff will review documentation, and engage in an interactive dialogue with the student to determine if a qualifying disability exists. The NOEL Center Staff will also determine whether an emotional support animal is a reasonable accommodation. NOEL Center Staff will notify Housing and Residence Education if it is determined that the animal is a reasonable accommodation. Appropriate Housing and Residence Education Staff will then follow up with the student, and schedule a meeting to review next steps. This policy will be carefully reviewed with the student at the time of the meeting.
VIII. The NOEL Center for Disability Resources may require updated medical documentation at any time if determined appropriate and/or necessary.
IX. The effect on others in Housing and Residence Education Facilities must be considered, including the potential effect on individuals with allergies to animal hair or dander, as well as the willingness of roommates and floor mates to share their residential community with an animal. Depending on such considerations alternative housing assignments for the Student may need to be considered.
X. If approved, the Student shall be responsible for any and all losses, liability, expenses, claims, costs, suits and damages of every kind (including damage to Housing and Residence Educations Facilities), nature and description arising from any property damage or personal injury caused by an emotional support/comfort animal. The Student will have to sign documentation acknowledging such. Subject to this policy, an approval is typically valid for one academic year (including summer).
XI. The Student is required to maintain accurate and up-to-date vaccination records on file with the NOEL Center for Disability Resources.
XII. If approved, the emotional support/comfort animal cannot remain in Housing and Residence Education Facilities when the Student will be leaving Campus for extended periods including but not limited to: single nights away from campus, weekend trips, campus breaks, and/or campus holidays. Failure to adhere to this stipulation may result in the removal of the animal. The animal cannot be left in the care of other residential students in the residential facilities while the Student is away from Campus.
XIII. Care for Emotional Support/Comfort Animals
XIV. Responsibilities to Housing and Residence Education Facilities
XV. Removal of Approved Emotional Support/Comfort Animal
XVI. Disciplinary Action Appeals involving Emotional Support Animals
XVII. Policy Modifications/Addendums
Gardner Webb University celebrates and facilitates a campus environment for students and student organizations that is conducive to the free and orderly exchange of ideas and the freedom of inquiry. These principles, exercised in a responsible manner, are indispensable to the student experience. We value and honor diverse perspectives and believe it essential that students have the opportunity to engage in peaceful and orderly gatherings to express their views on the issues of the day. This policy is structured to facilitate those educational pursuits; to preserve order within the university campus; to protect and preserve university property; and to provide an environment for students to express their views while at the same time providing other students with the opportunity to express differing views.
To ensure that students and student organizations who are enjoying the benefits of this policy conduct themselves in an orderly manner that is consistent with the mission and ideals of Gardner-Webb University and its emphasis on respect for others, the following additional provisions apply:
It shall be a violation of this policy for any person or group of persons to attempt to interfere with, “shout down,” or impede any event that is being conducted in compliance with this policy. Events that are conducted in violation of this policy may be shut down, moved, or modified in order to achieve compliance. All written materials, including, but not limited to, flyers, posters, notices, and banners must be pre-approved by the Office of Student Activities prior to posting or distribution. Please refer to the policy on Campus Postings in this handbook. Recognized student organizations with a social media presence must abide by the University’s Social Media Guidelines.
I. PurposeThe purpose of the Intellectual Property Policy (“policy”) of Gardner-Webb University (“the University”) is to foster an environment that encourages the generation of new knowledge by faculty, staff, and students; to help facilitate transfer of useful inventions and writings to society; and to motivate the development and dissemination of intellectual property.
The policy is based upon the following principles relating to faculty, staff and students to the University:
II. DefinitionsAs used in this policy, the following definitions will apply:
III. Ownership Provisions and ProceduresIn order of precedence, and unless otherwise provided by law, ownership of intellectual property shall be as follows:
IV. Other Ownership ProvisionsWhere no other provisions of this policy apply, ownership of intellectual property created at the University shall be determined as follows:
V. General Provisions
VI. Resolution of Disputes
Students are encouraged to exercise their ethical responsibility to assist others who are in need, especially in emergency situations. Gardner-Webb University encourages students to seek immediate assistance for themselves or others whenever there is a concern about extreme intoxication, alcohol poisoning, or an individual has been a victim of a crime (including but not limited to physical or sexual assault, theft, vandalism). When seeking medical attention, the first response is to contact 911. When seeking assistance, give your name and remain with the student in need until help arrives.
Formal student conduct disciplinary action for a violation of the alcohol misuse policies will not be taken under the following circumstances:
In compliance with the Missing Student Procedures 20 USC 1092 (j) Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, it is the policy of Gardner-Webb University to investigate any report of a missing student who resides on campus at the University. Gardner-Webb University takes student safety very seriously. To this end, the following policy and procedure has been established to assist in locating Gardner-Webb students living in University owned on-campus housing who, based on the facts and circumstances known to Gardner Webb, the University has determined to be missing.
Student Emergency Contact FormUsers of University technological resources, systems, and/or networks are responsible for what they do on the network. Any At the beginning of each academic year, Gardner-Webb will inform students residing in on-campus housing that the University will notify either a parent or an individual selected by the student not later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined to be missing. This information will include the following:
The University will follow the following notification procedure for a missing student who resides in on-campus housing:
Gardner-Webb University (GWU) recognizes that some students may face pressures coping with university life that could result in disruptive and/or threatening behaviors. To this end, GWU strives to create a climate where students are welcome to talk to counselors about personal problems and where referrals to mental health professionals are not stigmatized. This policy establishes the University protocols for responding to threatening student behaviors..
A. Threatening BehaviorsFor purposes of this policy, threatening behaviors refer to student behaviors that may be life threatening including but not limited to: suicide threats; suicide attempts; verbal threats; physical threats or unstable behavior.
B. EmergencyAny student, faculty, or staff who observes a student engaging in threatening behaviors that pose an imminent threat to life is obligated to immediately contact University Police for emergency assistance at (704) 406-4444 or 911.
C. Non-emergencyAny student, faculty, or staff who observes a student engaging in threatening behaviors that is not life threatening should contact and inform the Dean of Students and the Director of the Counseling Center.
A. StudentThe Dean of Students and/or the Director of the Counseling Center will provide the student who is referred for threatening behavior with information that will include the following:
B. ParentalThe parents/guardians of a student will be contacted if a student engages in life threatening behavior.
III. Emergency Hospitalizations
A. TransportationAn ambulance or a family and/or friend will transport a student who engages in life threatening behavior to the local hospital Atrium Health Cleveland.
B. HospitalizationIf a student is admitted to the local hospital
C. Further Assessment and Treatment
D. DischargePrior to discharge, the Director of Counseling Services must be notified by medical personnel of the hospitalized student’s status, including a confirmation as to whether or not the student is able to return to campus, live on campus and recommendations for any follow-up treatment.
IV. Conditions for Return to GWU and/or Residence HallAfter being separated from the campus for threatening behavior, students must complete the following conditions to be cleared to return to classes and/or a residence hall:
A. Meet with the Dean of Students and Director of the Counseling Center to submit documentation from a mental health professional confirming whether or not: the student is no longer a threat to himself/herself or others; can safely participate in his/her academic program and/or resume independent living in a residence hall.
B. Schedule an appointment with a mental healthcare provider and make an immediate appointment with a University counselor or make an off-campus appointment with a psychologist for continued counseling support.
A student (or a group of students) who wishes to send a questionnaire not related to an academic program to students, faculty or staff of an educational institution or a business enterprise must receive approval from the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students.
Sexual misconduct involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct; it is usually found in the context of a relationship of unequal power, rank or status.
It does not matter that the person’s intention was not to harass; it is the effect it has that counts. If the conduct interferes with a student’s academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment, it is considered sexual harassment.
The Gardner-Webb University Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment Policy covers sexual harassment of students, faculty and staff and can be found here.
The Interim Title IX Coordinator is Lesley Villarose, who has been designated by Gardner-Webb University to help ensure compliance with Title IX and the University’s Title IX program. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for compliance with Title IX, including, but limited to, implementing corrective measures for harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation on behalf of the University.
Mrs. Lesley VillaroseVice President of Student Development and Dean of Students, Interim Title IX Coordinator and ADA CoordinatorTucker Student Center (704) 406-2081 | [email protected]
List of Title IX Resources: Campus, Local, State and National
Cleveland County Resources
State and National Resources State and National Resources
Permission from the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students is needed by any student, group of students or student organization to solicit funds or sell products to anyone inside or outside the University. The Director of Housing and Residence Education must give permission to solicit funds or sell products in the residence halls prior to approval from the Dean of Students. Please note: Any student, group of students, organization or club found soliciting funds and/or selling products without prior approval will be subject to a fine.
Off-campus solicitors and/or vendors must have prior written approval by either the Vice President for Administration and Finance or his/her designee or the Vice President of Student Development or his/her designee. Violators of this policy are considered to be trespassing and are subject to removal and/or arrest.
The primary objectives of the Student Grievance Policy are to ensure that students have the opportunity to present grievances to the University regarding a certain action or inaction by a member of the University community and that the University has a consistent way of resolving those grievances in a fair and just manner. A student may pursue a grievance if he or she believes that a member of the University community has violated his or her rights.
Scope of PolicyThis Student Grievance Procedure applies to:
Grievances Related to DiscriminationIf a student believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, gender, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service, the student should contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator who has been identified on the previous page. In the case of harassment, the complaint should be made in accordance with the University’s Sexual Misconduct as stated on the Gardner-Webb website. If a student is not sure how to file a complaint, the Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students will assist the student.
Grievances related to DisabilityGardner-Webb University is committed to complying with all requirements of the ADA of 1990 (ADA) Title III and its amendments and the Rehabilitations Act of 1973 (Section 504). The University is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is denied reasonable accommodations or denied access to courses, programs, activities, services, jobs or facilities.
A student who believes he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of a disability is encouraged to file a complaint with the University. The University will treat all information related to the grievance as confidential. However, The Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable privacy laws permit the investigating official to provide information as necessary to those persons who have a legitimate need to know in order for the official to conduct a meaningful and thorough investigation. Gardner-Webb University prohibits retaliation for submitting a grievance. Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, reprisals and adverse actions.
A student can voluntarily choose to begin the process with an informal grievance by submitting an electronic Student Complaint Form located on WebbConnect or by contacting the Interim Title IX and ADA Coordinator. The Interim Title IX and ADA Coordinator is:
Mrs. Lesley VillaroseVice President of Student Development and Dean of Students, Interim Title IX Coordinator and ADA CoordinatorTucker Student Center(704) 406-2081 | [email protected]
If the student is not satisfied with the resolution of the informal grievance, or elects not to use the informal process, a Formal Grievance may be initiated by submitting a written statement to the Provost. The Provost will then instruct the ADA Coordinator who will begin an investigation of the grievance. If deemed necessary, the investigating official may refer documentation issues to the Documentation Review Committee and deference will be given to the committee’s decision.
Procedure for other grievancesComplaints should be filed in accordance with the procedure appropriate to the specific type of grievances. For grievances not covered by a specific policy student may use the following general procedure.
Complaints should be presented orally to the appropriate University officials described above. If an informal discussion of the matter is not satisfactory, a written statement of the complaint will be requested. A written statement should contain the following:
An electronic Student Complaint Form can be found in WebbConnect.
Complaints regarding the institution that cannot be resolved at the institutional level, particularly complaints regarding applicable state laws, may be directed to the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice.
North Carolina Department of JusticeConsumer Protection Division 9001 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-9001ncdoj.gov/Consumer.aspx | 1 (877) 566-7226
An online complaint form is available at ncdoj.gov/complaint.
For further information on this required notice of nondiscrimination you may visit www2.ed.gov for the address and phone number of the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights that serves your area. Or you can call 1 (800) 421-3481.
The above procedure does not prevent or substitute for a student’s right to file a complaint with the Federal Office of Civil Rights. A student who believes he/she has been discriminated against by the University based upon violation of the ADA and its amendments and/or Section 504 can file a complaint with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTSUS Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave, SW Washington, DC 20202Phone: (202) 245-8300Fax: (202) 245-8301; TTD: (887) 521-2172Email: [email protected]
The purpose of this policy is to describe the appropriate use and security of University Technological assets, associated responsibilities, and rights of all Users employing these resources. All Users of University Technology assets are expected to be familiar with each policy contained here within and the consequences of violation as listed below. This policy supersedes all previous Gardner-Webb University Computer Usage Policies.
Violation of these contained policies may result in the immediate suspension of computer account and network access pending investigation resolution. Depending on frequency and/or severity, the offender may lose all computer account and network access in addition to facing the appropriate University judicial review. The penalties may include suspension or dismissal from the University and/or criminal prosecution where warranted.
Network Security and Privacy Policies
Network and Computing Usage Policies
E-Mail Usage Policies
A. PurposeThe purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the implementation and maintenance of a tobacco-free campus at Gardner-Webb University.
B. PhilosophyGardner-Webb University has a long history of enhancing quality of life for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Gardner-Webb serves as a center for intellectual development in Cleveland County, NC and the surrounding communities. As a leader in higher education, Gardner- Webb has an obligation to not only develop minds, but to promote health-enhancing behaviors and to provide an environment that enables improved health status. “For years, there has been evidence that reducing tobacco usage can greatly decrease frequency of cancer, stroke, heart and lung disorders and several additional health-related conditions. By implementing the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, Gardner-Webb University is seeking to enhance the health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus.” Gardner-Webb proactively prohibited tobacco use in campus facilities in 1996. The evidence that tobacco threatens both smokers and nonsmokers continue to mount. The latest U.S. Surgeon General’s report (June, 2006), “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke,” was Gardner-Webb’s final motivation toward launching the “Great Choices-Healthy Futures” health promotion campaign.
In this process, Gardner-Webb University does not seek to force or require cessation of tobacco product use by its students, faculty, or staff. Gardner-Webb University seeks to uphold the personal rights and decision-making processes of all persons involved and resolves to provide educational interventions and cessation assistance for those individuals seeking assistance.
C. Definitions and Terms
D. Policy Statement (This policy supersedes all previous tobacco policies)
E. Policy Implementation
F. Policy Compliance
H. Consequences of Non-Compliance