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Franklin College is set to enact a policy prohibiting smoking on its campus just south of Indianapolis. But the school’s plan for challenging anyone who does not comply with the new rule includes more conversations than consequences.
For more than a decade, Franklin College has prohibited smoking in its buildings – a policy shared by many Indiana schools. On July 1, the school will begin offering smoking cessation materials as it outlaws lighting up altogether. But Dean of Students Ellis Hall said if someone is caught smoking, the reaction will not be a fine or university discipline – they’ll simply be asked to stop – repeatedly, if necessary.
“If you’re looking for me to say ‘this will be the immediate consequence’, our hope is that despite some individuals wishing to smoke on our property that they would respect the college’s expectation and follow through,” Hall said. “And if they don’t do that, we would be talking to that individual about it and continue to talk to that individual about it, to the point that the behavior would stop.”
The rule applies to both students and staff, and will be enforced against members of the community who enter the campus, as well. Hall said the university has discipline measures in place for rule breakers, but said he hopes respect for school rules will trump the need for judicial intervention.