There were two special order presentations at the November 12 Faculty Senate meeting.
1. Clemson Libraries: Kay Wall, Dean of the Libraries; Anne Grant, Reference; Andrew Wesolek, Digital Scholarship.
Anne Grant reminded the senate that the Library could collaborate with faculty and help to integrate technology into the classroom. The Library has workshops and will work one-on-one with faculty to teach them how to use the Library’s resources. Grant also announced that the Edgar Brown Room has been updated with the very latest technologies in high performance computing, remote collaboration, and information visualization. The new Edgar Brown Room will be used for training, research, presentations, and workshops that require the highest level of technology available. For more information about reserving this room for department or class use please contact Kay Wall (864-656-5169).
Andrew Wesolek presented TigerPrints, a showcase for Clemson scholarship and a digital publishing platform. TigerPrints is a repository for all scholarly material produced by Clemson faculty. SelectedWorks is a counterpart for TigerPart for individuals. Faculty can submit scholarly articles, monographs, conference proceeding, manuscripts, theses, dissertations, and student research. TigerPrints is not limited to documents. TigerPrints will allow work to be found faster and citied more frequently. With TigerPrints, Clemson joins institutions around the world in aggregating openly accessible scholarship. Contact email@example.com to participate.
2. Tobacco-Free Clemson Policy: George Clay,Executive Director of Student Health Services.
George Clay presented a draft version of the policy to the senate. The policy reads as follows:
I. Policy Statement
Clemson University prohibits the use of all forms of tobacco products on University property. The advertising, selling or free sampling of any tobacco or smoke-related product on University property is prohibited. In keeping with Clemson University’s littering policy, the University prohibits littering the remains of any tobacco or smoke-related product on University property.
II. Reason for Policy
The University recognizes its social and ethical responsibility to provide a healthy campus environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. This is consistent with one of the University’s 2020 goals “to maintain an environment that is healthy, safe and attractive.” There are proven health and economic benefits of eliminating tobacco use from the campus environment for all members of the University community. Tobacco prevention and cessation programs are most effective when supplemented by strong tobacco-free policies and when they are incorporated into a broader community effort to reduce tobacco use.
III. Scope and Audience
This policy applies to all members of the University community including students, faculty, staff, University affiliates, contractors and visitors. It is effective twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Tobacco Products:All forms of tobacco and smoke-related products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah), kreteks, bidis, [electronic cigarettes], smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff and any non-FDA approved nicotine delivery device.
University Community:Students, faculty, staff, University affiliates, contractors and visitors.
University Property: Property that is owned, operated, occupied, controlled or leased by the University or a University related organization. For purposes of this policy, this includes but is not limited to all buildings and structures, grounds, athletic facilities, sidewalks, parking lots, walkways and vehicles owned or controlled by the University.
Clay discussed the reasoning for the policy. Tobacco is a serious health problem. Tobacco users start young, and creating a tobacco-free culture can prevent young tobacco-users from developing a habit. At Clemson, 13% of students use tobacco. To develop the policy, Clemson is using benchmark schools like Florida and Kentucky. 18 SC campuses are tobacco-free or have set a date to be tobacco free. Clemson wants to use “soft enforcement” – students and staff would approach people and ask them to stop using tobacco. This has turned out to be very effective at other university. Senators questioned the effect that the policy would have on student living in on-campus housing and the ability to enforce the policy on game days. Clay stated that he would minimize the challenges; however, the point of the policy is to change the culture. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with questions or concerns.
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