KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

USD Issues Campus-Wide Smoke Ban

Bookmark and Share

It’s a brand new year for the Coyotes at the University of South Dakota, and with a new year comes new policies.


However, there’s one in particular that not only affects the students, faculty, and staff, but anyone who may step foot on campus. For years, smoking has only been prohibited indoors and within 25 feet of all buildings; but this new campus-wide ban went into effect Wednesday, January 9.


“It was endorsed by the university senate, and then ultimately the executive council approved it. Really, what it does, is it just provides fresh air around the campus,” says Dr. Kim Grieve, Dean of Students at the University of South Dakota.


As students and faculty return to campus for the spring semester, those who smoke will have to step off campus if they feel the urge to light up.


“We really want to keep our students healthy, and we really want to keep our environment looking as beautiful as possible; so I think this is a really good idea for USD to move in this direction,” says Grieve.


It's a direction the university's Student Government Association has been steering into ever since the resolution was passed two years ago.


“We surveyed the students and got results overwhelmingly in favor of stronger smoking restrictions, and the majority wanted a full-out ban,” says Lexy Schuman of USD’s Student Government Association.


As for the majority of parents, they’re also in favor while some students are not.


“I like that it’s a smoke free campus, that if they have to smoke; they have to go off campus in order to smoke. It makes them work a little bit for it,” says Barbara Nyhammer, a parent of one USD student.


“I think it’s kind of putting a limit on their rights. This is where they go to school. This is what they pay for. This is where they’re teaching,” says Alyssa Wendt, a student from Spearfish.


Either way, it’s a new policy that university leaders hope all students respect and take seriously.


“If a student sees a fellow student or professor smoking, we would hope they would just go up to them and say, ‘Hey, this is a smoke free campus. I’d really appreciate if you would stop smoking,” says Schuman.


At this point, there are a few issues that still need to be ironed out when it comes to this new policy, such as enforcement and communicating with neighboring businesses that may see more smokers on their property.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

Minneapolis Council OKs Stadium Bird Resolution

The Minneapolis City Council is calling for bird-safe glass at the new Minnesota ...

Sioux Empire Fair Educates on Farming

A new attraction is making its debut at the W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds. ...

Sturgis Traffic Brings Business To Sioux Falls  story with video

There may be hundreds of miles separating Sioux Falls and Sturgis, but ...

Controversy Over Minnesota Minimum Wage  story with video  Aug. 1

Daycare Owner Charged In SD Baby Death  Aug. 1

SFPD Locate Missing Man  Aug. 1

Missing Girls Found Safe In Northwest Iowa  Aug. 1

Rapid City Man Pleads Not Guilty In Knife Attack  Aug. 1

Minnesota Minimum Wage Increases  Aug. 1

Minnesota Gay Marriage Law Reaches Anniversary  Aug. 1

Former County Prosecutor Ordered Held Without Bond  Aug. 1

Pen Used To Make SD A State Is On Display  Aug. 1

"Rider Risk Roadshow" Tour To Sturgis  story with video  Aug. 1

More South Dakota Statehood Celebrations Planned  Aug. 1

'Concert For Canton' Helps Flood Victims  story with video  Jul. 31

SD Man Sentenced For Child Sexual Abuse  Jul. 31

SD Man Found In Doghouse After Alleged Theft  Jul. 31

Crop Duster Pilot Injured In Dixon Co. Crash  Jul. 31

Neunaber Charged With His Mother's Murder  Jul. 31

Minnehaha Co. Implementing Programs To Help Reduce Prison Population  story with video  Jul. 31

Inmates Raise Over $1700 For Flood Recovery  Jul. 31

Sioux Empire Fair Brings New Entertainment  Jul. 31

Motorcycle Accident Closes Marion Road  Jul. 31

Supreme Court Overturns Monrose Man's DUI Charge  Jul. 31

SD Delegation Attempts To Halt VA Hospital Closure  Jul. 31

SF Police Looking For Credit Card Thieves  Jul. 31

Mayor's 2015 Budget Address Tackles Issues   Jul. 31

MN Gets Ready For New Laws  Jul. 31

EPA Emission Standards Will Cost Plants In SD  Jul. 31

KDLT News Archive

Motorcycle Accident Closes Marion Road

Marion Road is closed to traffic on Thursday after a car collided ...

Missing Girls Found Safe In Northwest Iowa

Two girls who went missing after going out to pick corn in ...

Sioux Empire Fair Brings New Entertainment

After 75 years, it can be a challenge to keep ...

Neunaber Charged With His Mother's Murder  Jul. 31

SF Police Looking For Credit Card Thieves  Jul. 31

SFPD Locate Missing Man  Aug. 1

Minnehaha Co. Implementing Programs To Help Reduce Prison Population  story with video  Jul. 31

SD Man Sentenced For Scissor Attack In ND  Jul. 31

KDLT News Archive

Guthmiller Commits To Play Golf At Nebraska  story with video

YANKTON, S. D.   --  Jace Guthmiller announced via twitter that ...

Dixon To Take Over Billings Expansion Team  story with video

Billings, MT  --  Chris Dixon retired from the Storm last ...

Vickers, RC Post 22 stay unbeaten in "A"  story with video

Matt Vickers had the game-winning 3-run HR for the Hard Hats as RC Post 22 ...

Winnipeg holds on after fast start at Cage  story with video  Jul. 31

Chad Greenway the veteran of the Vikings  story with video  Jul. 31

RC Post 22 has bats working against Watertown  story with video  Jul. 30

Moore sets record, Birds win big!  story with video  Jul. 30

Polo stands test of time  story with video  Jul. 30

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top