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  • Campus Smoking Policy

    Smoking Guidelines and Policy

    UMES Guidelines and Policy on Smoking Approved by the President on June 26,2013

    It is UMES' goal to promote the good health and comfort of its employees. Maintenance of a smoke-free work environment can contribute toward the attainment of that goal. Therefore, smoking is not permitted in any UMES building or facility. Smoking is not permitted on UMES property except in designated areas around the campus perimeter. In addition, smoking is not permitted in any UMES shuttle bus or other UMES vehicle.


    In compliance with Executive Order 01.01.1987.13, issued by the Governor of Maryland, and in accordance with the above USM Policy on Smoking at USM Institutions, it is the policy of UMES to provide a healthful working environment on the UMES campus. UMES has attempted to consider the needs and concerns of both smokers and non-smokers in the development of this policy which applies to all employees, students and visitors to the campus.

    I. Prohibitions on UMES Property


    Smoking is prohibited in the following areas:


    1. Consistent with Maryland law, smoking is not permitted in any UMES building, including academic buildings, residence halls, administrative buildings, and other enclosed facilities, and smoking is not permitted in State vehicles owned by UMES;
    2. Smoking is prohibited on UMES grounds and property, including walkways, parking lots, and recreational and athletic areas except as provided below; and
    3. The sale of tobacco and smoking-related products is prohibited on institution property.


    Smoking in and on UMES property will be permitted only as follows:


    1. In designed smoking areas around the perimeter of the campus. Smoking areas are designated by signs and smoking must be limited to the immediate area;
    2. For controlled research, and educational, theatrical, or religious ceremonial purposes, with prior approval of the President or the President's designee; or
    3. Subject to any other exception to this policy recommended by the President and approved by the Chancellor.


    II. Implementation


    1. The Vice President for Administrative Affairs shall direct the Physical Plant Department to post smoke-free campus signs where smoking is prohibited and place appropriate signs and receptacles where smoking is permitted as mapped around the campus perimeter;
    2. Each employee shall have access to the Smoking Policy on the UMES website and each new employee shall receive the policy as part of the orientation process;
    3. The smoking policy shall become part of the student and employee handbooks; and
    4. All members of the campus community share in the responsibility of implementing this policy, and are expected to bring it to the attention of visitors to the campus. 



    III. Enforcement


    1. Supervisors
      Supervisory personnel shall handle conflicts arising from the implementation of the Smoking Policy using the same procedures used to address other conduct violations.
    2. Building Managers
      Building Managers shall enforce this policy and report any violation using the Violation Report Form.
    3. Reporting Violations
      Individuals who feel that there has been a violation of this policy should complete and submit the Violation Report Form.
    4. Penalties
      1. Faculty/staff/students that violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action and are subject to a progressive fine: $25 first offense, $50 second offense, and $75 third offense and subsequent offenses. The initial fine can be waived if the individual registers in and successfully completes a smoking cessation seminar. 
      2. Visitors will be warned initially and directed to extinguish. Refusal to extinguish or resuming smoking can result in denied access in the future.


    IV. Smoking Cessation Assistance



    1. UMES will make available smoking cessation assistance to students, faculty and staff, which may include opportunities to participate in smoking cessation seminars, classes, and counseling and the availability of smoking cessation products and materials. 
    2. Smoking Cessation Information:
      1. The UMES President has designated the UMES Assistant Director of Human Resources as the individual to answer faculty/staff questions, refer employees to resources, and otherwise provide information about smoking cessation options and opportunities.
      2. The UMES President has designated the Director of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Center as the designee to answer student questions, refer students to resources, and otherwise provide information about smoking cessation options and opportunities.


    Click to download the Smoking Violation Report Form PDF



    Smoking Cessation Resources


    UMES Faculty/Staff Designated Point of Contact:

    Lisa C. Johnson, M.Ed., Assistant Director of Human Resources
    1107 Bird Hall, Princess Anne, MD 21853
    Phone: (410) 651-7848 Fax: (410) 651-6500
    Email: Website:


    UMES Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Center

    Student Designated Point of Contact:
    Lauresa M. Wigfall, M.Ed., CPP, Director
    Lida Brown Building
    Princess Anne, MD 21853
    Phone: 410-651-6385 Fax: 410-651-6386
    Email: Website:


    Maryland Tobacco Quitline 

    1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669)


    County Resources


    Somerset County Health Department
    Stop Smoking Program
    8928 Sign Post Rd., Westover, MD 21871
    Phone: 443-523-1760 


    Worcester County Health Department
    Snow Hill Prevention Program
    6040 Public Landing Rd., Snow Hill, MD 21863
    Phone: 410-632-0056


    Wicomico County Health Department
    Smoking Cessation Support
    108 E. Main St., Salisbury, MD 21801
    Phone: 410-334-3480
    Main Phone: 410-749-1244

    Additional Resources

    American Cancer Society Quit for Life


    American Lung Association


    Facebook - Search for:
    Quit Smoking
    Quit Smoking Campaign


    Online Smoking Cessation Group

    Depression Recovery Group, Princess Anne, MD


    Voices of Nicotine Recovery