Tobacco-Free Initiative

The UMKC Student Government Association (SGA) held a series of forums in February to share the details of the proposed policy to make UMKC a tobacco-free campus. As a follow up to these meetings, SGA sent out a survey asking students to share their thoughts on the proposal. Mel Tyler, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, shared the results with students via email on Monday, April 29.

Would you support banning smoking on campus?
Yes: 67%
No: 33%

Would you support banning the use of all tobacco products on campus?
Yes: 61%
No: 39%

Do you smoke or use tobacco products?
Yes: 14%
No: 86%

In his message to students, Vice Chancellor Tyler notes that faculty and staff will also be solicited, however the timeline for that portion of this initiative is currently unknown.

Cast Your Vote by May 2

Election ballots went out last week for the available seats on the 2013-2014 Staff Council.

Make sure you cast your vote by Thursday, May 2! The following areas had ballots:

  • School of Dentistry
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Student Affairs
  • School of Medicine
  • Finance/Administration, Human Resources, & Campus Facilities
  • School of Education

Did you not get a ballot, but you are a staff member in one of the units listed above? Please contact Katey Mairs at

Is your unit not listed? Units that had the same number of nominees and the number of available seats did not receive a ballot, and their nominee(s) will be notified once we have the full list for the incoming Staff Council. Also, there are several areas that had no nominees, and if you would like to self-nominate to be the representative of one of these units, please contact Kevin Sansberry at

  • Conservatory of Music & Dance
  • School of Law
  • Information Services
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • Athletics

Sign Up for Tomorrow’s Service Day

Faculty and Staff Campaign Service Day Tuesday, April 30

  • Volker Campus: 8 a.m. – noon (Check in on The Quad)
    Award Rally at 10 a.m.
  • Hospital Hill: Noon – 4 p.m. (Check in outside HSB)
    Award Rally at 2 p.m.

Water and snacks will be provided.

Register for a two-hour shift here.

As a campus-wide, sanctioned activity, participants with supervisory approval may volunteer for a two-hour shift and record as regular time worked. See your HR facilitator for more details.