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At their October 1 meeting, ECC trustees received an update on the tobacco free policy which will go into effect January 1, 2013.


Cookie Hays, vice president of student development, and Judy Bieker, associate professor of nursing, are co-chairing the committee charged with implementing the new policy.


Hays said the support from student organizations has been encouraging.  “Our information campaign included articles in the student newspaper, signs posted on the main campus and satellite locations and details outlined through emails, handbooks, orientation sessions, the college website and social media,” noted Hays.


Local physicians have presented smoking-cessation training to students and staff at the Union campus.  Bieker stated that a Freedom from Smoking program will be introduced October 17 at no cost to students and activities are planned November 15 in connection with the Great American Smoke Out.


Student violations of the new policy will be handled through the student conduct policy.  Supervisors will handle violations by their employees through board policy.


ECC’s new policy states that usage of all tobacco products will be prohibited on all properties owned or leased by the College, including facilities, buildings, parking lots, athletic fields and common areas. The term “tobacco products” shall include eCigarettes, hookah and such other smoking-related substances and products as the College chooses to prohibit. The policy will apply to all faculty, staff, students, employees, contractors, performers and visitors.


Modification Made to OTA Program Fees


East Central College trustees approved a modification in the fee for courses in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at their October 1 meeting.  Effective with the 2013 spring semester, the fee will increase $20 to $560 per course.


The OTA program is a one-plus-one associate degree program which prepares students to practice as certified occupational therapy assistants after meeting certification and state licensure standards. East Central College is one of five colleges in the Missouri Health Professions Consortium currently selected to offer the program coordinated through the University of Missouri, School of Health Professions.


ECC enrolls students in the general education coursework; sophomore level coursework originates the University of Missouri-Columbia campus and is conveyed to ECC students via interactive television and internet based technology.  Admission to the OTA program is competitive with a new class starting the professional level coursework every January.


The consortium establishes the charges for students in the sophomore level courses.  Last year the presidents from the colleges in the consortium recommended participating institutions make student charges for the program the same at each college, and also established a three year tuition and fee schedule.  All student charges will be based on the in-district tuition rate at each college.      


Employee Insurance & Personnel


In personnel related matters, trustees authorized renewal of health insurance with Coventry, the college's current carrier, at a rate increase of 4.6 percent for 2013.  Vision insurance will again be provided through VSP with no change in the rate.  There will be no change in the rates for life, accidental death and dismemberment and long-term disability coverage through Reliance Standard.  Schroepfer Bauer Insurance was the broker.


Trustees also authorized renewal of the Unitedhealthcare Medicare Advantage PPO as the group Medicare Part C plan offered to ECC retirees.    The plan involves no premium for either the college or the individual.


Approval was also given to the list of adjunct instructors for this fall semester

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