JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Southern students say they want a tobacco-free campus but narrowly rejected a new fee to fund athletics and recreation.

The results of the votes are mostly symbolic because the Student Senate is only an advisory group to university administrators.

The Joplin Globe reports students supported a plan to ban smoking, tobacco and electronic cigarettes on campus by a vote of 401-159. Smoking and tobacco are already prohibited but are allowed on designated areas on campus.

The second proposal was on a new, permanent athletics and recreation fee of $4 per credit hour, to be capped at $60 per semester. It failed by a vote of 298 to 267.

Only about 10 percent of the school's students voted on the issues.

Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe

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