Timeline

  • December 2012—Office of Sustainability issues its review of U.S. Campus Tobacco- and Smoke-Free Policies and Programs.
  • January 2013—President John M. Dunn names Provost Tim Greene and Vice Presidents Diane Anderson and Jan Van Der Kley as executive sponsors for the task of determining if WMU should become a tobacco-free campus.
  • February 2013—A campuswide Tobacco-Free Committee is convened by the executive sponsors and charged with examining best practices, surveying the WMU campus community and developing a draft policy.
  • Spring 2013—Three major surveys gauge campus opinions and level of tobacco use. They include:
    • A WMU survey of 1,449 faculty and staff members is coordinated by the Tobacco-Free Committee.
    • A survey of 1,016 students completed through the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment.
    • A survey of 1,310 campus community members completed through the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association.
  • July 2013—WMU Board of Trustees presented with draft tobacco-free policy to consider but not yet vote upon.
  • September 2013—Campuswide Tobacco-Free Implementation Committee convened and charged by executive sponsors with planning for a tobacco-free campus.
  • December 2013—WMU Trustees approve WMU Tobacco-Free Policy to go into effect Sept. 1, 2014.