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UofGH and Humber will be smoke-free as of January 1, 2019

Policy Statements on Upholding Free Speech

UofGH and Humber will be smoke-free as of January 1, 2019

This fall, our partners at Humber became the first public college in Canada to adopt the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, and commit to embedding health and wellness in all aspects of our campus culture. An important step in helping us achieve our ambitious goal of becoming the healthiest campus in Canada is our move to a smoke-free campus. Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will become smoke-free as of January 1, 2019.

This decision means that smoking of any kind, including smoking tobacco and cannabis products as well as e-cigarettes and vapes, will be prohibited on all Humber property, including the University of Guelph-Humber. Humber property includes all campuses, buildings, spaces, grounds, including residence facilities and all vehicles and/or boats owned or leased by the College. To support this decision, Humber has created a new Smoke-Free Campus Policy. Members of the Humber community who want to smoke will need to leave campus property to do so. Individuals will not be given time away from work or class to smoke.

FAQs

Q: Why are UofGH and Humber making this change?

A: This important step supports the Humber signing of the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, and our goal of becoming the healthiest campus in Canada.

Q: Students and staff will now need to go off UofGH and Humber property in order to smoke. Will additional time be given to allow them to do so?

A: Individuals will not be given time away from work or class to smoke.

Q: What constitutes Humber property?

A: Humber property includes the University of Guelph-Humber, all campuses, buildings, spaces, grounds, including residence facilities and all vehicles and/or boats owned or leased by the College. Generally speaking, Humber property lines extend to the sidewalk. Humber property includes, but is not limited to:

  • The North Campus
  • The University of Guelph-Humber
  • The Lakeshore Campus path from the cottages to A building
  • Queens Plate parking lot and surrounding green space.  
  • Carrier Drive and in the associated parking lots.  
  • The Humber Arboretum

Individuals wanting to smoke will need to go to the public sidewalk in order to do so. Please be respectful of our residential and business neighbours and their properties.

Q: If a student is caught smoking on UofGH and Humber property after January 1, 2019, will it be a student conduct issue?

A: As we make this transition, we will be focusing on building awareness of the new policy and helping to connect students looking to quit smoking to resources. If a student is repeatedly found to be in violation of the policy, the Student Code of Conduct will apply to their behaviour.

Q: What if I have a medical prescription to smoke cannabis?

A: Requests for accommodation are limited to individuals who provide medical documentation indicating the need to smoke/vape cannabis with a specified regularity coinciding with a scheduled time on campus along with information outlining reasons for not being able to abide by the smoke-free campus policy. Such requests will be reviewed by subject matter experts and determinations will be made as soon as possible.

Students are asked to contact Jacqueline Anderson, associate director, Student Wellness and Development, to submit a formal accommodation request with accompanying medical documentation.

In all other cases, smoking is not permitted on UofGH and Humber property.

Q: Will the smoking shelters be removed?

A: We will be removing all smoking shelters from Humber property by the end of 2018. Some will be repurposed as weather shelters at the Queens Plate parking lot.

Q: What options will students have for stress relief?

A: UofGH and Humber provide several options for stress relieving activities, including on-site fitness centres, recreational intramurals and extramurals and mood walks, as well as counselling services.

Q: Can people go into the Arboretum to smoke?

A: Smoking is prohibited on Humber Arboretum lands and facilities as per the Arboretum policy.

Please visit guelphhumber.ca and humber.ca for the latest information.

 


 

 

Policy Statements on Upholding Free Speech

 

Q1. Why are all Ontario colleges and universities developing a policy statement on upholding free speech?

A. In August 2018, the Ontario government released a directive indicating that every college and university is required to develop and publicly post its own free speech policy by January 1, 2019.

Q2. When will the policy statements regarding free speech be in effect?

A. The policy statements regarding free speech will be in effect as of January 1, 2019.

More information about these policies can be found here:

Q3. I am a University of Guelph-Humber student/employee. How does this apply to me?

A. The University of Guelph-Humber (UofGH) is a joint venture between the University of Guelph and Humber College. Each institution has developed its own policy regarding free speech. Employees from Humber and the University of Guelph are covered by the employment policies of their employer institution. Over the next few months, Humber and Guelph will be working together to create an understanding regarding the application and enforcement of their respective policies with respect to UofGH students.

Q4. Does free speech mean anyone can say and do anything on campus at any time or post whatever they want on social media?

A. Free speech has never been without limits. Examples of such limits include federal legislation such as the Criminal Code and provincial legislation such as the Ontario Human Rights Code. Other context specific limits to free speech may also apply such as those arising out of the terms of employment and collective agreements.

Although members of the UofGH community are free to criticize and contest the views of others, they may not obstruct or interfere with the free speech of others. Any allegations regarding behavior used in the expression of free speech will still be subject to existing disciplinary policies and procedures.

Q5. Where can UofGH students get more information regarding free speech at UofGH?

A. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the policy statements from the University of Guelph and Humber College. If students have questions, they should contact Leah Murdock, Department Head, Student Services at life@guelphhumber.ca.

Q6: I am a student. May I debate or disagree with the views expressed by a professor/instructor or a fellow student in the classroom?

Yes. Universities are places for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, where ideas are presented, critically analyzed, and discussed. Engaging in productive debate is therefore fundamental to a healthy learning environment, and as a university student you are encouraged to engage in critical thinking and discussion. However, free speech has limits, and the policy statement makes clear that expression that is used as a direct attack, violates laws, advocates hatred, creates safety concerns or disrupts the normal functioning of UofGH may be restricted. Professors/instructors have the responsibility to manage the time, place, and manner of discussion with respect to course material. Your professor/instructor may have outlined some guidelines for classroom discussion in the course syllabus, or may have indicated other appropriate venues for engaging in discussions about ideas presented in class.  In addition, students are expected to adhere to the student codes of conduct, which prohibit behaviour in the classroom that obstructs, disrupts, or interferes with classroom learning. Your success as a student depends above all on your own response to the opportunities and responsibilities that the university environment provides.  

Q7. I am a student. If I am uncomfortable with topics being discussed in the classroom by the professor/instructor or other students, what should I do?

Learning environments at universities are founded on openness, mutual respect, cohesiveness and freedom — the freedom of each individual to have opinions and to respect differing opinions. Universities are places for open discussion and free inquiry. Classroom discussion of controversial or sensitive topics that may result in disagreements and discomfort is an important part of exploring new ideas and concepts and supporting a healthy learning environment. Free speech within the educational environment supports the idea that debate or deliberation ought not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the educational community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.

If a student finds certain topics to be sensitive, they may reach out to the faculty member/instructor.

Q8. What do employees need to know about the policy statements regarding free speech?

A. Employees from Humber and the University of Guelph are covered by the employment policies of their employer institution. However, given the dual nature of the University of Guelph-Humber, UofGH employees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the policy statements from both institutions. Over the next few months, Humber and Guelph will be working together to create an understanding regarding the application and enforcement of their respective policies with respect to UofGH students.

Q9. Will UofGH seek to limit/prohibit external parties being present on campus?

A. UofGH welcomes a variety of external groups, guests and visitors to its campus every day. With respect to the policy statements regarding free speech, Humber and the University of Guelph may reasonably regulate the time, place and manner of free speech to ensure that it does not disrupt normal university operations and ordinary campus activities or endanger the safety of others.