How the input was gathered
• More than 2,000 students, and more than 1,000 faculty and staff, took part in surveys, focus groups or in service to one of the five subcommittees. Several hundred e-mail messages also were sent to the steering committee from these groups.
• Two town hall meetings were held on the Ann Arbor campus in November 2009, and both Flint and Dearborn held sessions in winter 2010. These meetings were open to students, faculty and staff members.
• Information-sharing meetings and presentations were held with a number of groups, including the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, Health Science Deans Council, Facilities Users Network, Campus Unions and Chief Negotiators. Beyond offering Web survey opportunities to 10,000 students, specific student input was sought from student government leaders from Michigan Student Assembly, Rackham Graduate School and LSA; from international students, North Campus students, athletes, fraternity/sorority members, smokers and other students who specifically were interested in the initiative (whether they generally favored or opposed it).
• The steering committee gathered information from universities that already had instituted smoke-free policies, as well as various subject matter experts.
• Discussions were held with merchants and residents in the Ann Arbor community, who expressed concern about the impact of these restrictions on the number of cigarette butts on sidewalks adjacent to their businesses or residences. The Tobacco Consultation Service has been charged to monitor this issue.