Middlesex Community College is joining the nearly 1,200 colleges and universities that have banned smoking on campus. Effective immediately, the main campus in Middletown is now a Smoke-Free Campus. The new ban prohibits smoking on the entire campus, extending to all students, employees and visitors. There are designated areas for smoking, which are the upper and lower parking lots.
“The impetus behind making MxCC a smoke-free campus came from the students,” said Adrienne Maslin, dean of students. “Several groups of students pursued this issue in Professor Horne’s Group Dynamics course and when their research was complete they presented their findings to me. More compelling than their findings however, was the great amount of passion these students had. I could tell it was an issue that would not go away until the college acted.”
Ashtrays have been relocated to the parking lots for smokers to get rid of their smoking products before they enter the campus. Enforcement and penalties are still being formulated by administration.
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online.