Glendale Community College police have issued 79 warnings and six cigarette-related littering tickets since they began enforcing a new campus smoking policy in March, officials said.
The college Board of Trustees in August adopted the guidelines that limit smoking to seven designated areas along the perimeter of campus in an effort to curb secondhand smoke and to reduce the amount of cigarette butts and ashes on campus. The new policy also moves the college closer to city law, which bans smoking in most public spaces.
Enforcement was delayed until spring while the college made changes to student materials and put up signs, officials said.
“The students did a survey before we made this change, and it was widely supported that we have designated smoking rather than designated non-smoking areas,” said Ron Nakasone, vice president of administrative services.
Early efforts have focused largely on education, said college police Capt. Erin Kurasz, whose officers only have the authority to warn, not cite, violators of the new smoking policy. Campus police have cited six people for littering, which carries a $250 fine.