Smoking-ban enforcement on trustees’ agenda

Tomorrow UK’s top governing body will discuss giving President Lee Todd the authority to enforce the school’s smoking ban, said staff trustee Russ Williams.

The university’s smoke-free policy, enacted by the Board of Trustees in November 2006, requires smokers to be at least 20 feet away from entrances, air intakes and windows of all university buildings, parking structures and enclosed walkways. UK Health Care is currently working on making the Medical Center Campus entirely smoke-free.

Tomorrow’s discussion will be a first reading, meaning it will not be up for a vote until the board meeting in April.

Also on the agenda at tomorrow’s board meeting is the approval of four honorary degrees. Former Gov. Paul Patton, former UK basketball coach Tubby Smith, and former UK professor and Faculty Senate parliamentarian Gifford Blyton would receive their degrees May 4. Former Indian President Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam would receive his degree during a visit to UK March 23 to 25.