The Catholic University of America

Campus Smoke Free Policy

Archived 08/25/06

The scientific findings, as summarized by the United States Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency, indicate that the simple separation of buildings into "smoking" and "non smoking" sections does not do enough to eliminate environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). In light of the health hazards associated with tobacco smoke for smokers and non-smokers alike, The Catholic University of America has adopted the following smoke-free policy.

  1. All non-residential buildings, including academic, administrative, dining, service and mixed use facilities and all vehicles, which are owned, operated or leased by The Catholic University of America, will be entirely smoke-free. The smoke-free policy will apply to all indoor air space, including all common areas and individually assigned spaces.
  2. University-owned, operated and leased housing, including residence halls, will be smoke-free with the exception of the individual (non-communal) living spaces of residents who are living alone or have the prior written consent of their roommate(s) and, where applicable, suitemates. All communal spaces with university housing, including residence halls, will be entirely smoke-free.

Implementation of the smoke-free policy is effective as of November 1, 1993. Additional building signage and exterior receptacles are installed in consultation with Building Administrators. Vice presidents, deans, directors and managers are responsible for enforcing this policy with staff, faculty, students and visitors. Implementation of this policy, however, will require everyone's cooperation. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary actions or termination as permitted by law and university personnel practices.

A list of smoking cessation programs available to the CUA community and public may be obtained from the Office of Human Resources.