Smoke Free Campus
The University recognizes that the change to a smoke-free campus will be welcome news to some members of the community and it has the potential to cause concern for some others. Together, with the Joint Health and Safety Committee, a decision has been made to move towards being a smoke-free campus by July 1, 2019.
- A smoke-free campus provides many health benefits including preventing the effects of secondhand smoke.
- The campaign will have two phases to help smokers adjust.
- Institutions including Western will be smoke-free by July 2019.
For any concerns regarding the new smoke & vape free campus, please contact:
Chris MacNeil, Director of Physical Plant
Guidelines/restrictions governing cannabis consumption on campus
King’s is committed to providing a healthy campus environment. Given the legalization of recreational cannabis use on October 17, 2018, and with the Provincial and Federal legislation, as defined by Bill C-45, Ontario's Cannabis Act, and other applicable laws and regulations including the Government of Ontario’s introduction of Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Amendment Act, 2018, which allows cannabis smoking wherever tobacco is permitted, King’s University College along with our partners at Western and other affiliated college will be enacting the following guidelines/restrictions governing cannabis consumption on campus, which is private property.
- The possession of cannabis is permitted in on-campus residences, subject to the requirements of the law. Currently, possession is limited to the equivalent of 30 grams of dried cannabis to those 19+ years of age. The distribution or sale of cannabis to persons under the age 19 is an offence punishable by law. Distribution of cannabis will not be tolerated on King's campus including residence buildings.
- All cannabis in your possession must be stored in air-tight containers such as hard plastic, sealed food storage containers, not in zip-lock style plastic bags or bags of any kind.
- The consumption of cannabis is not permitted on campus at King's. This includes consumption of cannabis through the use of smoking or through the use of an electronic cigarette or vaporizers. In addition, King's University College is moving towards being smoke-free across campus, as such smoking or vaping of cannabis in the two (2) designated smoking areas is strictly prohibited. Security will be responsible for enforcing these rules. Violations will bring sanctions according to our Student Code of Conduct. King’s will be entirely smoke-free by July 1, 2019.
- The possession and growth of cannabis plants on campus is prohibited.
- King's will not accept deliveries requiring age of majority signatures (19+). These packages will be returned to sender.
- As per the Student Code of Conduct, entry to King’s or involvement in any King’s activity in a state of intoxication or while under the influence of any substance that would results in the person causing a disturbance is prohibited.
- The traditional burning of substances that form part of Indigenous culture and heritage are exempt from the Smoke-Free policy.
- King’s provides supports for students managing addictions through personal and pastoral counselling
- These guidelines do not prevent a student from disclosing the use of cannabis for a medical issue or disability. King's University College recognizes that the consumption of cannabis for medicinal purposes is protected by Ontario's Human Rights Code, and may require special exemptions to this policy. If you believe that you are medically required to consume cannabis for a medical purpose, and that such consumption could otherwise potentially violate this policy, please contact Accessibility Services to seek accommodation.
We look forward to working with community members and consulting on this to ensure a safe and healthy learning and working environment for all.
Sauro Camiletti, PhD
Interim Principal and Academic Dean