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Board of Regents Approves Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, Sets Rates for 2014-15

Board of Regents Approves Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, Sets Rates for 2014-15

The EKU Board of Regents, meeting in regular session on April 14, approved a Tobacco-Free Campus Policy and set 2014-15 rates for tuition, housing and meal plans.

Effective June 1, the use of all tobacco on all property that is owned, leased, occupied or controlled by the University is prohibited. The tobacco-free policy, which replaces the Smoke Free Zone Policy that had been in effect since 2006, encompasses all University facilities and grounds. It also prohibits the use of tobacco in vehicles owned, leased or rented by the University as well as in personal vehicles while on University property.

EKU joins more than 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide that have enacted similar tobacco-free policies.

A task force comprised of more than 30 faculty, staff and students developed the new policy.

“It’s the right thing to do (and) it’s the smart thing to do,” EKU President Michael Benson said.

The Board approved an approximate 5 percent increase in resident undergraduate tuition – $192 more per semester for full-time students. EKU still ranks in the middle of the pack among Kentucky public universities.

University housing rates will also rise by an average of 5 percent – actual costs vary according to residence hall and features.

Meal plan rates will rise by approximately 2.75 percent, consistent with South Region Consumer Price Index projections.

Benson, Board Chair Craig Turner and David McFaddin, executive director of government relations, all expressed gratitude for the Kentucky General Assembly’s support of higher education and EKU.

“We are treating this $66.3 million appropriation as the first gift in our capital campaign,” Benson said.

The budget also funded the second phase of the University’s New Science Building.

The Board held its 2014 retreat in Frankfort, spending a portion of the day meeting with legislators in the State Capitol. It was believed to be the first time any University board had met as a group with lawmakers.

“It has been a great session, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” said McFaddin, adding that the positive results stem from a “clear, concise message that we took all across the state.”

The Board held its meetings in the Rowlett Building, where it heard a presentation from the College of Health Sciences, and enjoyed lunch in the University’s Burrier Café.

Lynn, Karen, ed. "Board of Regents Approves Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, Sets Rates for 2014-15." EKU Update 14 (28 Apr. 2014): 17.  EKU Update. Division of Public Relations & Marketing. Web. 12 May 2014.

Published on April 28, 2014

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