Austin Peay Will Hand Out Fines To Enforce Smoking Ban

Clarksville, TN (AP) -- The Board of Regents University in Clarksville will begin fining people who smoke on campus.

The regents approved the change in Austin Peay State University's disciplinary code last week, allowing fines of $25 to $100.

The ban went into effect last July and restricts smoking to specific parking lots across the campus.

The current rule calls for violators to go through a hearing process, which could prove tedious if many people who are cited opt for a hearing.

Student Affairs Associate Vice President Sherryl Byrd says the new way won't change the rules, but only how they're enforced.

Violators will be handed a ticket, similar to a campus parking ticket.

First offense is $25, going up by another $25 until the fine reaches $100.

The regulation will go into effect in about a year.

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