Smoking / Non-Smoking Policy

In January 1990 New York State smoking legislation imposed strict limitations on smoking in indoor areas open to the public. That legislation, and the NYS Clean Indoor Air Act, effective July 24, 2003, requires employers to establish a smoking policy with the primary goals of providing non-smoking employees with a smoke-free environment.

In compliance with both the spirit and letter of the New York State legislation, St. Lawrence University supports the right of employees, students, and visitors to have a smoke-free environment while on University premises. Whenever there is a question of preference between a smoker and non-smoker, the non-smoker’s preference will prevail. This policy is in effect for employees, students, and visitors. This policy prohibits the smoking of any substance including, but not limited to, tobacco and marijuana. Smoking products are also prohibited, including cigars, pipes, hookahs, and vaporizers (electronic cigarettes).

Smoking will be prohibited in all University owned indoor areas and vehicles used for institutional purposes such as:

  • Auditoriums
  • Buses, Vans, Cars
  • Classrooms
  • Conference Rooms
  • Dining Halls
  • Elevators
  • Rest Rooms
  • Office and Work Areas shared or exposed
  • Hallways Gymnasium Lecture Hall Lounges
  • Meeting Rooms Medical Facilities
  • to employees, students and visitors

Smoking is prohibited in all university-owned residences (e.g. halls, townhouses, Greek houses, cottages, suites).

Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of all University owned buildings, with the exception of the main entrance to Brewer Bookstore.

The University will participate in providing smoking cessation information and programs to students and employees who may wish to stop smoking (available through the Health Center).

It is the responsibility of all employees, students, and visitors to abide by this policy.

Supervisors/Managers will be responsible for communicating and enforcing this policy in the same manner as all University policies.

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