Fanshawe smoke-free, November 1, 2018
Fanshawe is committed to providing a healthy campus environment. Given the legalization of recreational cannabis use on Wednesday, October 17, and the Government of Ontario's introduction of Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018, which allows cannabis smoking wherever tobacco is permitted, the College has made the decision that on November 1, 2018, all Fanshawe campuses and properties will become smoke-free.
As of November 1, 2018, smoking any form of tobacco and/or cannabis, vaping and use of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco (commonly known as chewing tobacco) will not be permitted anywhere on Fanshawe property. In accordance with applicable legislation and the Workplace Accommodation Policy, Fanshawe will provide accommodation for the medical use of cannabis. For students in residence, the promotion, distribution and growing of cannabis is also not permitted.
For the purposes of student well-being and as per the Student Code of Conduct, entry to the College or involvement in any College activity in a state of intoxication or while under the influence of any substance is prohibited. Students should be aware of the physical and mental effects substance use can have on your health. Cannabis can remain detectable in urine, blood and hair samples up to three months after consumption, which may affect future employment in a number of industries and impact travel to other countries, such as the United States.
Fanshawe Policy C206 will continue to prohibit staff on College property to be under the influence of, intoxicated or otherwise impaired by alcohol, cannabis or drugs.
Fanshawe is committed to promoting a healthy and safe working, living and learning environment for all of our community members. The College joins more than thirty colleges and universities across Canada who have already become smoke-free, as well as hospitals and school boards. At the same time, we realize that the use of tobacco and related products is a personal choice. The College is committed to supporting students and staff impacted by this change by providing existing and enhanced supports and we will provide further communication about these supports shortly.
- Is the smoking of cannabis allowed on campus?
As of November 1, 2018, smoking any form of tobacco and/or cannabis, vaping and use of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco (commonly known as chewing tobacco) will not be permitted anywhere on Fanshawe property. These restrictions will be detailed in Policy C206 and comply with Ontario legislation which makes consumption of recreational cannabis in the workplace illegal.
- Where can I smoke?
If you choose to smoke, please proceed off campus property. We ask that you fully extinguish and dispose of your smoking trash properly.
- Does the policy include Indigenous traditional and sacred medicines?
The traditional burning of substances that form a part of Indigenous culture and heritage are exempt from the College's smoke-free policy.
There are designated areas at Fanshawe, located indoors and outdoors, for Indigenous ceremonies.
- Where can I smoke off-campus?
If you choose to smoke, please view our maps (below) for recommended off-campus locations. Cigarette waste disposal receptacles will be installed in these areas so you may properly dispose of your smoking trash.
- What are the repercussions for failing to adhere to the smoke-free policy?
Non-compliance with the smoke-free policy will follow progressive protocols that include education, warnings, fines and disciplinary actions in accordance with the existing Student Code of Conduct and College policy, as applicable.
- Why was this policy put into place so quickly?
The risks and negative impacts of second-hand smoke are well known. The college had been working on developing a smoke free policy for 2019. With Canada's legalization of recreational cannabis use on Wednesday, October 17, and the Government of Ontario's introduction of Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 (which allows cannabis smoking wherever tobacco is permitted), the College made the decision to implement the smoke-free policy on November 1, 2018.
- Can I smoke in my car if it's on College property?
No. Smoking is not permitted inside or outside of personal or Fanshawe-owned vehicles while on College property.
- Will class time be adjusted to accommodate smokers who go out for a break?
Class times and breaks remain the same. People wishing to smoke must do so off campus. Once off Fanshawe's property, you are required to observe municipal by-laws and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
- What about the safety of students and staff who must go off-campus to smoke, especially at night?
The safety of our students and staff is a top priority. As such, everyone is encouraged to take the necessary steps to protect themselves.
Nicotine medications such as the patch, gum, lozenges or nasal spray can be used to manage nicotine needs without leaving campus. Anyone leaving campus to attend an event, go to a party or walk through the neighbourhood is reminded to follow basic safety measures. More information on campus safety is available on our website.
- Am I allowed to carry cannabis on campus?
As per the Cannabis Control Act, the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis is permitted.
- Can I grow cannabis plants in my residence room?
No. Growing cannabis plants in residence rooms will not be permitted.
- Can I drive after consuming cannabis?
Using cannabis and driving is illegal and dangerous. If a police officer finds that you are impaired by any drug, including cannabis, you will face serious penalties.
- What happens if I'm in class and my professor thinks I'm impaired?
The Student Code of Conduct prohibits involvement in any College activity in a state of intoxication or while under the influence of any substance.
If your professor suspects you are impaired, you may not participate in class activities and Campus Security Services may ask you to leave campus.
- I was asked to leave my class because of suspected drug or alcohol impairment. I was not impaired. What do I do?
Consequences vary depending on the severity of the incident, from warnings to expulsion. Specific sanctions can be found in the Student Code of Conduct.
Students have the right to request a hearing with the Policy Coordinator. They can do so by filling out a form available from the Code of Conduct Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar and delivering it to the Office of the Registrar (Room E1012). Within five business days, students will be notified of the date and time of their hearing. There is no fee for this process.
- Can I lose my work study or co-op placement if I use cannabis?
Many professions have zero tolerance for drug use and some workplaces routinely conduct random drug testing. Students should research potential professions to understand the requirements of the job.
Cannabis can remain detectable in urine, blood and hair samples up to three months after consumption.
- What resources or supports are available if I'm seeking information on substance use, harm reduction strategies or addictions services?
Fanshawe provides supports for students managing addictions through Counselling and Accessibility Services in F2010 or call 519-452-4430 x4282.
The Middlesex London Health Unit also provides resources on its website.