Rationale for Prohibiting Tobacco Use

Valley City State University is committed to a healthy and safe environment for students, employees and visitors. Use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited on all campus property. This includes all property, both indoor and outdoor, that is owned, operated, leased, occupied or controlled by the Valley City State University. Including, but not limited to, all buildings, green spaces, athletic fields, parking lots, sidewalks, walkways and state vehicles. This policy applies to all employees, students, visitors and contractors. 

Prohibition of Tobacco Use and Advertising

  1. Tobacco Use: Valley City State University prohibits the use of all forms of tobacco products on campus property and at all off-campus, school-sponsored events at all times. This tobacco-free policy includes all events held on campus property, whether or not such events are sponsored by, or associated with, Valley City State University.
  2. No tobacco related advertising or sponsorship shall be permitted on campus property or in campus publications. “Tobacco related” refers to the use of a tobacco brand, corporate name trademark, logo, or any other product identifiable with any brand of tobacco or Tobacco Company.
  3. Sales: Valley City State University prohibits the sale or free sampling of Tobacco Products on Campus Property and at Off-Campus, School-sponsored Events.

Assistance for tobacco cessation is available through the Office of the University Health Nurse. Individuals requesting assistance with tobacco cessation services, will be referred to NDQuits (www.NDHealth.gov/NDquits), the North Dakota Department of Health multi-media tobacco cessation program. This is a free cessation service provided to anyone currently residing in North Dakota. 


 It is not a violation of this policy for an adult Native American to use tobacco as part of a traditional Native American spiritual or cultural ceremony. Contact the Vice President of Student Affairs to obtain approval for an on-campus ceremony. All parties impacted by the ceremony will be informed and an agreement will be reached regarding the date and time for the ceremony.

“Native American” is a person who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.

This policy does not include any product approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for legal sale as a tobacco cessation product and is being marketed and sold solely for the approved purpose.

Communication of tobacco-free policy

This policy will be printed in the employee and the Student handbooks. Valley City State University shall post signs indicating that the campus property is tobacco-free in all locations and in the manner identified in NDCC 23-12-10.4.1(a) and (b). In addition, notices should be posted in other highly visible places on Campus Property including, but not limited to, walkways, athletic fields, parking lots and at all Off-Campus, School-sponsored Events. In accordance with Valley City State University’s plan for communicating this policy, the University Nurse will communicate the importance of the tobacco-free campus policy at least once per semester via campus-wide emailing to all students, employees and staff. 


Enforcement of this policy will depend upon the cooperation of all faculty, staff and students to not only comply with the policy, but also to encourage others to comply in order to promote a healthy environment in which to work, study and live. 

Violations of this policy should be referred to the appropriate administrative office for review and appropriate action: for faculty, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs; for staff, the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs; for students, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Sponsor: President

Effective date: January 1, 2008

Revised: January 2012 

Revised: June 2015

Revised: March 2017