College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Student Health 101 is now available to CSM students. This monthly online health and wellness magazine is designed and catered for students. Each issue provides a wealth of resources on nutrition, career advice, monthly recipes, contests, and more. View the issues below and sign up to receive Student Health 101 each month to your inbox.
Latest Issue: March 2015
If you would like a hard copy of the Student Handbook that contains all of the services at the college including policies regarding the Student Code of Conduct, stop by any campus. Copies are available at the La Plata Campus in the Campus Center (CC Building); the Leonardtown Campus, A Building, Front Office; and the Prince Frederick Campus, Flagship Building.
At the College of Southern Maryland, we want our students, faculty, and visitors to have the most comfortable environment possible.
We know that smokers want to have a place to go for an occasional cigarette, but non-smokers also need to be assured of clean air, free of second-hand smoke.
Since 1988 the college has had a smoking policy in place that dictated all indoor areas off-limits for smoking. The policy was revised in 2008, when gazebos were provided for smokers, making all other outdoor areas off-limits as well. A recent revision, effective January 15, 2015, includes electronic cigarettes in that policy.
E-cigarettes include any electronic oral device that creates a vapor when used. It might look like a cigarette, cigar or pipe, and the college’s ban on usage includes inhaling, exhaling, or burning the cigarette or e-cigarette in areas that are off-limits.
E-cigarettes are part of the policy now because their use has become more and more popular, especially among young people. The devices are very new, and their health effects are still untested and unknown, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Each device contains a vial of nicotine, flavoring and unregulated, undisclosed chemical compounds.
“These devices haven’t been around long enough for us to know how harmful they are in the long term. We don’t know that it’s safe for the user or the people around the user,” said Linda Smith, coordinator of Drug and Alcohol Education in CSM’s Safe Communities Center, located in the Physical Education Center (PE Building), Room 105. “We don’t know what the public health consequences might be.”
Anyone who violates the policy will first receive a verbal warning, but multiple offenses can result in disciplinary action. Students can be reported to the Student Affairs coordinator or vice president of Student and Instructional Support Services. Frequent offenses can result in disciplinary action. Visitors can be asked to leave the campus if they refuse to comply with the policy.
CSM discourages the use of tobacco, in any form, and is willing to help members of the campus community who want to stop smoking. Information on quitting and smoking cessation programs in the community is available at all campuses through CSM wellness and tobacco use prevention programs.