University of Southern Indiana



When did the Tobacco-Free Policy start? 

The Tobacco-Free Policy took effect on University of Southern Indiana’s campus on July 1, 2011.

Is smoking allowed anywhere on campus?

The Tobacco-Free USI Policy applies to the entire campus, including roads, sidewalks and sports facilities. Smoking or the use of tobacco, tobacco products or e-cigarettes is not permitted on University-owned, operated, or leased property or in University-owned, -operated, or- leased vehicles. Use of tobacco in private vehicles located on University property is permitted, but users must contain tobacco waste inside the vehicle. Smoking or the use of tobacco, tobacco products or e-cigarettes is prohibited inside all student housing facilities, including resident halls, apartments, common areas, balconies, building entries, and student rooms. 

What resources are available to help me stop using tobacco products?

Employees and students who are interested in quitting smoking can contact the USI Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center for information about community smoking cessation classes, health education materials, and other online/telephonic resources. Please contact the Assistant Program Director, Student Wellness at 812-461-5483

What kinds of off-campus treatment for tobacco-cessation are covered under USI’s health insurance options?

There are numerous resources available through USI’s health insurance plans.  Additionally, employees on certain health plans may be able to obtain discounts for or coverage of nicotine patch for smoking cessation programs. Employees who are covered under USI’s Lumenos HSA can receive a $50 incentive for completion of the smoking cessation program. For specific details of smoking cessation benefit offerings, please contact your carrier:

Anthem Blue Access PPO Plan call  888-279-5449 
Anthem Lumenos HSA call 888-224-4902     

How will compliance with the policy be ensured?

The University expects the cooperation and commitment of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors in maintaining an environment free from smoke and smokeless-tobacco waste. Enforcement of this policy will depend on all members of the campus community complying with and encouraging others to comply with the policy. 

Primary enforcement will be the responsibility of those persons who head individual units, departments, buildings, student housing units, those who supervise faculty and staff, security personnel, and others designated by the University. Violations of this policy will be handled through existing processes already in place for students, faculty and staff. Student violations will be processed under the Student Code of Conduct. Complaints regarding violations of this policy should be referred to the appropriate dean or director or Human Resources manager for faculty and staff and to Student Affairs for students.

Is the use of e-cigarettes permitted on campus? 

No. The safety of these devices is in question and U.S. courts have treated them as tobacco products.  As it can be difficult from any distance to know if an individual is using one of these devices or smoking, their use violates the spirit of a tobacco-free policy.

Can visitors use tobacco on the University of Southern Indiana’s campus?

No. Use of tobacco is permitted in private vehicles, though all tobacco-product waste must be contained in the automobile.

Are other college and university campuses tobacco-free? 

According to American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, as of April 4, 2016, there are at least 1,483 100% smokefree campuses. Of these, 1,137 are 100% tobacco-free, and 823 prohibit the use of e-cigarettes anywhere on campus

Who should I contact if I still have questions about the policy?

If you have questions or comments regarding Tobacco-Free USI, contact the Director of University and Community Relations at 812-465-7050.

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