Trustees approve smoke-free campus

June 20 2008

The Indiana State University campus will be smoke-free in just over one year following action by the university's Board of Trustees on Friday (June 20.)

Trustees approved a campus-wide smoking ban, which will take effect July 1, 2009.

A committee appointed by university President Lloyd W. Benjamin III collected information about smoking policies at ISU and other colleges and universities and presented its report this spring.

While the committee did not make a recommendation, Benjamin considered the panel's report in asking trustees to approve the ban.

"The smoking policy review committee did an excellent job reviewing our current policy as well as those at many other institutions nationally and the impact these policies have," Benjamin said. "With the increasing concern regarding the documented health risks created by exposure to secondhand smoke, I feel this is the right move for our campus."

An implementation committee will be appointed to address issues related to the smoking ban. Those include access and awareness of smoking cessation programs, enforcement of the policy, and sale of tobacco products on campus.

In other business, ISU trustees approved the university's operating budgets for 2008-09. The budget includes an average salary increase of 3.5 percent for eligible faculty and staff.

The budget also includes $100,000 in additional funding for the University Honors Program, $165,445 for an E-Commerce software application to allow the university to accept on-line credit card payments and $150,908 for the operation of a contract postal unit to be housed in the new College of Business as part of the University's commitment to maintaining a post office in the Terre Haute Federal Building after accepting ownership of the building in 2009.

University-wide utility budgets also were increased by 3.5 percent.

Nearly $10.5 million has been allocated for the student aid budget. The budget also includes a separate student aid allocation of $790,000 in base funding for the laptop scholarship program.

A biennial capital budget request for 2009-11 includes $4.5 million in planning funding for a College of Nursing, Health and Human Services facility, $750,000 for land acquisition and $9.36 million for general repair and rehabilitation funding. The request now goes to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the State Budget Agency.

In other action, ISU trustees:
-- Approved the appointment of C. Jack Maynard, the university's provost and vice president for academic affairs, as interim president, effective July 1 until a new president is selected.
-- Approved a proposal to integrate the department of sociology into the department of psychology as an outcome of the program prioritization process. The proposed merger has been approved through established college and university governance procedures and will provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research and teaching.
-- Passed a resolution recognizing outgoing President Benjamin for his eight years of service to the university and his vision and dedication to lead ISU to a position of pre-eminence among higher education institutions.
-- Passed a resolution recognizing Trustee Barbara House of Carmel for her service on the university's governing board since 1992. Her current four-year term expires June 30.

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or

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The Indiana State University campus will be smoke-free in just over one year following action by the university's Board of Trustees at its June meeting. A campus-wide smoking ban, which will take effect July 1, 2009, was just one of several major actions acted upon by trustees.

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