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OM 3.1.10 Smoking Policy

About This Policy

Effective Date: July 1989
Last Updated: September 2004
Responsible University Office: Human Resources
Responsible University Administrator: Chief Inclusion and Human Resources Officer

Policy Contact:

Human Resources


Clarkson University is committed to providing its students, faculty, staff, visitors and the general public with a smoke-free environment to protect the health, welfare and comfort for those desiring such an environment to the maximum extent possible and in full compliance with the New York Clean Air Act, Article 13E of the New York Public Health Law.

  1. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor locations including but not limited to: 
    • Classrooms, lecture halls, auditoriums and libraries; 
    • Laboratories, shops, computer rooms and studios; 
    • Offices, meeting rooms, board rooms, and dining halls 
    • Lobbies, foyers and waiting rooms; 
    • Hallways, stairwells and elevators; 
    • Maintenance areas, mechanical and storage rooms; 
    • Arenas, gyms and recreation centers; 
    • Lounges, lodges; 
    • Reception and supply areas and central locations for records, files or copying. 
  2. Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas including but not limited to:
    • Building entrances and covered walkways;
    • Loading docks, courtyards and patios.
  3. Smoking is prohibited in the following outdoor locations: 
    • Any outdoor event with seating; 
    • Any area where combustible fumes can collect such as in garage and storage areas. Areas where chemicals are used and other designated areas where an occupational safety or health hazard may exist. 
  4. Smoking is prohibited in all University vehicles including buses, (leased or university owned) vans, cars and trucks. 
  5. Smoking is prohibited in University Housing as stipulated in 1 – 3 of this policy and in all common areas including: 
    • Laundry rooms, cooking areas and bathrooms; 
    • • Recreation, study and lounge areas. 
  6. Smoking is prohibited no closer than 30 feet of any building entrance or ventilation system.

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Smoke-Free: The establishment of any environment that is free of smoke through the prohibition of smoking.

Smoking: The burning of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other tobacco product.

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It is the responsibility of all administrators, faculty, staff and students to enforce this smoking policy. Employees or students who repeatedly violate the requirements of this policy may be disciplined. Any person who fails to comply with the requirements of this policy may be in violation of Article 13E of the New York State Public Health Law. Violations may be subject to the imposition of a civil fine in addition to University disciplinary action.

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July 1989

Revised January 1990, 2003

Revised September 2004

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