Following the lead of state agencies and other Oregon colleges, Southern Oregon University is banning the smoking of electronic cigarettes in all campus locations where smoking regular cigarettes is also prohibited.
Cigarettes are currently prohibited indoors and within 25 feet of campus buildings, in university vehicles and in other designated areas.
"We added electronic cigarettes and similar devices to the existing student smoking policy because we had issues with students smoking them indoors," said Casey Clithero, community standards coordinator at SOU.
The change in the SOU code of conduct was included in the May bulletin from the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.
Clithero said the change to SOU's Code of Student Conduct puts the university in step with the policies of many other public entities that also prohibit indoor use of electronic cigarettes, often called e-cigarettes.
The University of Oregon went completely smoke-free in fall 2012, and e-cigarettes are included in the campuswide ban. Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon University also have campuswide bans on cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
Oregon has had a statewide ban since 2009 on smoking inside workplaces and within 10 feet of entrances. The ban was expanded in 2012 to include e-cigarettes and to prohibit smoking on all state agency grounds.
— Teresa Ristow