The Catholic University of America

Campus Smoke-Free Policy

Archived 1/30/17

I.          Introduction

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 "nonsmoking" sections does not do enough to eliminate environmental tobacco smoke. In light of the health hazards associated with tobacco smoke The Catholic University of America has adopted the following smoke-free policy.

II.         Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, facilities and other enclosed areas owned, operated or leased by The Catholic University of America, including but not limited to academic, administrative, dining, residential, athletic, recreational, service and mixed use buildings or facilities, and all University vehicles.  This smoke-free policy applies to all indoor air space including all common areas (such as classrooms, lounges, restrooms, study areas, halls, stairways and parking garages) and all individually assigned spaces (such as offices).

Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of an entrance or window of any building.

Additional building signage and exterior receptacles are installed in consultation with building administrators. However, this smoke-free policy applies even in the absence of no-smoking signage. 

This policy applies to all employees (staff and faculty), students, contractors, vendors, and guests of the University. Vice presidents, deans, directors and managers are responsible for enforcing this policy and for reporting violations to the Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Implementation of this policy, however, requires everyone's cooperation.

Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary actions or termination as permitted by law and University personnel practices.