University of Vermont

Tobacco-Free UVM

Committee Responsibilities

Tobacco-Free UVM Committee Responsibilities

Tobacco-Free LogoHere's a list of the five Tobacco-Free UVM subcommittees, a brief description of their responsibilities, and their contact information.

The mission of the COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE is to create and manage the communication plan for the Tobacco-Free UVM health initiative. This includes engaging in dialogue with relevant individuals representing faculty, staff, students and other non-smokers, ex-smokers, and smokers to identify the most relevant communication messages regarding campus and community health and well-being, the University's commitment to educate students both inside and outside of the classroom, and the choices of individuals regarding tobacco use. The committee's areas of responsibility include:

  • Creating University-wide understanding of relevant issues
  • Encouraging participation in dialogue opportunities
  • Providing communication to future students and campus guests that is congruent with the overall plan
  • Promoting leadership visibility of all campus constituencies on relevant issues

If you'd like to provide input to this committee, please contact:


The mission of the HEALTHY STUDENTS COMMITTEE is to engage undergraduate and graduate students in a dialogue regarding their health and well-being, the University's commitment to educate students both inside and outside the classroom, and the choices of individuals regarding tobacco use. This includes reviewing options and considering pros and cons to address issues related to a Tobacco-Free UVM environment in light of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. The committee's areas of responsibility include:

  • Making recommendations regarding changes to relevant policies and procedures governing student programs, activities and conduct, including, but not limited to the annual Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, that align with the concept of Tobacco-Free University properties and grounds
  • Encouraging participation in dialogue opportunities by all student constituencies and groups, both formal and informal
  • Identifying themes and communication venues/technology relevant to students that convey respect for student rights and responsibilities with regard to tobacco use on campus

If you'd like to provide input to this committee, please contact:

  • Kelly Thorne, CAPS Assistant Director for Prevention and Community-Based Services

The mission of the HEALTHY FACULTY AND STAFF COMMITTEE is to engage in dialogue with faculty and staff regarding personal well-being related to work life experiences on campus. This assignment includes addressing the choices of individuals regarding tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure and health care costs for the University and reviewing options, with pros and cons, to address issues related to tobacco-free properties that have been raised in regard to tobacco use. The committee's areas of responsibility include:

  • Identifying strategies to encourage a culture of health related to tobacco use among faculty and staff members who are smokers, non-smokers and never-smokers
  • Encouraging participation in dialogue opportunities
  • Collaborating with the communications subcommittee
  • Recommending modifications to the UVM Smoking Policy to support implementation of the Tobacco-Free UVM initiative

If you'd like to provide input to this committee, please contact:

  • Burt Wilcke, Associate Professor, Dept. of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences

The mission of the COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND FACILITIES COMMITTEE is to engage both on- and off-campus stakeholders in discussion about effective actions, communication and outreach related to the Tobacco-Free health initiative. The group's focus is on encouraging a tobacco-free campus and minimizing the impact of this transition on University facilities and grounds as well as on the surrounding community. The committee's areas of responsibility include:

  • Discussing the impact of tobacco on the health of individuals and the community
  • Reviewing and applying pertinent lessons learned from other tobacco-free initiatives
  • Identifying strategies to work with off-campus stakeholders (e.g., contractors and campus neighbors)
  • Collaborating with the Communications Committee on messaging and outdoor signage
  • Making recommendations to the Steering Committee

If you'd like to provide input to this committee, please contact:

  • Bill Ballard, Associate Vice President for Administrative and Facilities Services

The mission of the GUESTS, EVENTS AND ATHLETICS COMMITTEE is to engage in dialogue with relevant individuals regarding the University's decision to become tobacco-free and the effects of this health initiative on our campus and community guests. This assignment includes reviewing options, with pros and cons, to address issues related to tobacco-free properties. The committee's areas of responsibility include:

  • Recommending broadly applicable strategies for events on campus properties consistent with key concepts of the Tobacco-Free UVM Health Initiative
  • Minimizing, as much as possible, the impact on successful operation of event venues on the UVM campus

If you'd like to provide input to this committee, please contact:

  • Joe Speidel, Director, Local Government and Community Relations