MARYVILLE — The campus of Northwest Missouri State University will become completely smoke-free Aug. 1.
However, the ban does not include any penalties for lighting up.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that smoking in campus buildings is already banned, and the new prohibition applies to all other areas of the campus.
Beau Dooley, the university's assistant director of health services, said the university wants to send a message that there is no safe exposure to tobacco smoke. He said the school wants to create a respectful learning and living environment.
Dooley said repeat offenders will be referred to human resources or to their academic deans or residence hall directors.