Student Senate Chairman Donnie Joe Worth said it's the Senate's viewpoint that using e-cigarettes in buildings and classrooms is disrespectful and causes a distraction to both students and faculty.
Without clear guidelines, faculty and staff didn't know how to address it, said Worth, a senior chemical engineering major from Tahlequah.
“I don't see it as being distracting or disrespectful. Most people who use these are respectful of others,” music professor Todd Malicoate said.
Malicoate said the ban is unnecessary.
“I don't believe the reasons for bringing the ban are honest,” he said. “It's very clear they are safe.”
An e-cigarette ban is already in place at the University of Central Oklahoma.
UCO's tobacco policy includes “simulated tobacco products that imitate or mimic tobacco products.”
The University of Oklahoma's campus tobacco policy bans cigarettes anywhere on campus, but allows e-cigarettes outdoors.