By Liz Gundlach
Elm and Summit streets, where they bisect Finlandia’s campus, are now off limits to tobacco use.
A September 16, 2013 email sent by Michael Baily, director of Living and Learning, announced the new rule. Originally because the streets are city property, these streets were exempt from our no tobacco policy.
In his email, he states, “while it is true that Elm and Summit Streets which bi-sect our Campus are public, platted streets, they legally lie within the boundaries of our defined Campus, and are therefore considered part of the campus of Finlandia University.”
There have been many accounts of people smoking within the first few weeks and no one believes that the rule will be enforced. However, at the end of the email, Michael Baily mentioned that if you do see someone smoking, call security and actions will be taken, although we do not know what the consequence of violating the rule is.
Baily also went on to mention that the leading cause of preventable death in the United States is tobacco use. He says smoking is at fault for, “about 443,000 deaths per year, and an estimated 49,000 of these smoking-related deaths are attributable to secondhand smoke exposure.”
If you’d like to report an incidence you can call either Campus Safety and Security at (906) 487-7307 or you can call the Campus Conduct Hotline at (866) 943-5787.