University of South Dakota housing has updated the community living policy to ban the use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers in residence halls.
“(They) have been known to set off fire detection equipment alarms which could result in evacuation of the residence hall and disruption to your living environment,” University Housing said in an e-mail Wednesday.
Smoking was banned on campus in January 2013 under the Student Government Administration of president Alissa VanMeeteren.
The SGA considered including electronic cigarettes in the smoking ban in the spring 2014 semester, but the conversation stalled.
The updated policy, which is effective immediately, applies to students in on-campus housing only. It is located in the Community Living Policy:
(Photo: First-year student Alec Triber and sophomore Zach Fuller smoke on the curb outside of North Complex. A campus-wide smoking ban prohibits students, faculty and visitors from smoking anywhere on campus. (File photo/The Volante)