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Editorial-Smoking Ban Policy Change: Too Fast, Too Furious

September 29, 2010 by admin

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On Oct 14, the Board of Trustees is expected to approve the ban of smoking at all Brookdale campuses January 1, 2011.
The only place that you will be allowed to smoke on any and all Brookdale property in in your car.
The usual path that is taken when it comes to making any changes in BCC policy involves at the very least a year-long study that is done by a Governance-chosen committee which looks at every single facet of the proposed idea.
In the case of the proposed smoking ban, the study only lasted for a single semester and still went through even though on the same day when Governancewas scheduled to vote on the smoking ban proposal, there was also a teacher’s union meeting scheduled at the exact same time so the turnout at Governance was quite sparse.
Even with the low turnout at the meeting, any and all attempts to table or put off the vote until the next forum were squashed.
So the proposal was passed, even though a Student Life Board-sponsored survey showed that the majority of people here at BCC prefer to have the current smoking policy currently in place instead of an actual ban.
What was evident throughout this whole process was not only the complete and utter disregard for the process in which decisions like this are made but the brazenness in which certain members of administration showed students in their successful railroading of the ban through the system.
It left a bad taste in many people’s mouths and as we get closer to Jan 1, these people will see just how unsettling their actions were.

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