University of Southern Indiana

USI Tobacco Policy

Tobacco-Free Policy

No Smoking

It is the policy of the University of Southern Indiana to promote and maintain a clean and healthy working and learning environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. 

The University expects the cooperation and commitment of all students, faculty, staff and visitors in maintaining a smoke-free environment and an environment free from smokeless tobacco waste and possible toxic vapors.  Smokeless tobacco consists of the use of snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches or other forms of loose-leaf tobacco.

Effective July 1, 2011, the University of Southern Indiana prohibited smoking or the use of tobacco or tobacco products.  Use of electronic or e-cigarettes also is prohibited:

  • on University-owned, -operated or -leased property.
  • in University-owned, -operated or -leased vehicles.

The use of tobacco, tobacco products or e-cigarette devices in personal vehicles on University-owned, -operated or -leased property is allowable.

This policy extends to all University property and all campus sports facilities. 

Smoking or the use of tobacco, tobacco products or e-cigarette devices is prohibited inside all student housing facilities.  This includes resident halls, apartments, common areas, balconies, building entries and student rooms. Smoking or use of e-cigarette devices is permitted in designated outdoor areas in student housing.

Enforcement of this policy will depend upon all members of the campus community complying with and encouraging others to comply with this policy in order to ensure a healthy environment to work, study and live.  Primary enforcement of this policy 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, director or Human Resources manager for faculty and staff and to Student Affairs for students.

 December 2015

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