The Coast Community College District is seeking feedback from students and faculty at its three campuses before considering a districtwide smoking ban.
The proposed ban, which the board plans to vote on in the spring, would affect Coast's three colleges — Orange Coast in Costa Mesa, Golden West in Huntington Beach, and Coastline, which has campuses in several locations, including Newport Beach and Fountain Valley.
Currently, OCC and Coastline prohibit smoking within 20 feet of a building entrance or window. In 2007, Golden West banned smoking in all areas of campus except parking lots, said Andreea Serban, vice chancellor of educational services and technology.
The district's drafted smoking policy would ban tobacco entirely, including e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco, from all district sites.
The district's current policy came under scrutiny from trustees in August when they began reviewing board procedures after receiving a warning from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The organization told the board to revise outdated policies, among other issues, or risk losing accreditation.