Policy Ambassador Programs  are one popular approach to policy enforcement that does not require the use of citations or fines. Student Ambassadors are trained to approach tobacco users on campus in a non-confrontational and friendly way.

Policy Ambassador Programs are one popular approach to policy enforcement that does not require the use of citations or fines. Student Ambassadors are trained to approach tobacco users on campus in a non-confrontational and friendly way.

Enforcing a Policy

Campuses take two broad approaches to enforcement: educational approaches and punitive approaches.  Campuses typically spend the first year of a new policy focusing on educational approaches and then use punitive approaches (citations and fines) as needed after that.

Defining policy success is essential to effective compliance and enforcement.  Setting data-based goals is important when assessing whether or not your campus should do more to increase compliance.

There are many things that a campus can do to increase policy compliance, however, putting time, energy and funding into launching a new policy is one of the most effective strategies to achieve policy success (see the Launching a New Policy page).

How CYAN Can Help

Free In-Person Trainings

CYAN is a national leader in college policy enforcement. We can provide free tailored technical assistance and in-person trainings to campuses that would like to increase policy compliance.  Trainings that we have provided in the past include:

  • Enforcement Options Pros and Cons: This 1-hour training can be provided in person or via webinar to campus administration or taskforces.  The training covers stories from other campuses that have tried a variety of approaches to increase policy compliance and the pros and cons of each.
  • Policy Ambassador Program Training for Staff: Policy Ambassador Programs are becoming increasing popular as a way to increase compliance without the use of citations.  This 2-hour training can be provided in person or via webinar to campus staff or student leaders that will be coordinating a Policy Ambassador Program on campus.
  • Policy Ambassador Program Training for Students:  This 2-hour training can be provided in person or via webinar to student ambassadors on campus.  The training will cover nicotine addiction, the stages of change model, and how to approach policy violators on campus.  This training includes practical applications and role-play.

Recorded Webinars

2018 CYAN's New Compliance Interventions

 Recognizing challenges with sustaining policy compliance, CYAN has created three new smoke/tobacco-free policy compliance interventions.

Recognizing challenges with sustaining policy compliance, CYAN has created three new smoke/tobacco-free policy compliance interventions.

2017 Policy Enforcement and Maintenance

 Learn about various enforcement strategies, get answers to your questions about using citations, and learn about policy maintenance strategies that colleges across the state are using to keep their campuses free from tobacco, years after their smoke/tobacco-free policies have gone into effect.

Learn about various enforcement strategies, get answers to your questions about using citations, and learn about policy maintenance strategies that colleges across the state are using to keep their campuses free from tobacco, years after their smoke/tobacco-free policies have gone into effect.

2015 Enforcing Your Policy: Educational Approaches

 This webinar showcases two education-based approaches to tobacco-free enforcement: a Policy Ambassador program at UC Davis and a 30-People, 30-Day Campaign at Ohlone Community College. 

This webinar showcases two education-based approaches to tobacco-free enforcement: a Policy Ambassador program at UC Davis and a 30-People, 30-Day Campaign at Ohlone Community College. 

Downloads

Policy Ambassador Program Toolkit

A Policy Ambassador Program utilizes student, staff, and faculty volunteers to approach tobacco users on campus and inform them of the policy. Policy Ambassadors are trained and provided with support. Training and support materials are included with this Toolkit.  Download the full kit or just the section that you need below.

Online Compliance Training

The Online Policy Compliance Training can be taken by individuals that have violated the tobacco-free policy.  Similar to traffic school, the individual would show that they've completed the training in order to avoid fines/penalties.  If your campus would like to start using this Policy Compliance Training, contact us at info@cyanonline.org

Compliance training for Tobacco-Free Policy violators on a California Communtiy College campus

Compliance training for Tobacco-Free Policy violators on a UC campus