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Policy Statement

The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff and guests. The Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act of 1988 and the findings of the U.S. Surgeon General's Office that "... tobacco use in any form, active or passive, is a significant health hazard..." guide the University's efforts to maintain a clean air learning and work environment. Smoke from tobacco products has direct adverse effects on the health of smokers and non-smokers. Therefore, smoking and other uses of tobacco products are prohibited

  • in all University buildings;
  • on all University athletics fields and spectator areas;
  • in any University vehicle; and
  • at any other place on campus, unless the University has clearly designated it as a smoking area.

All members of the community share responsibility for adherence to this policy.  Persons choosing to use tobacco products in designated outdoor areas are expected to extinguish them and dispose of them in the receptacles provided. Anyone who does not comply may be asked to leave the campus.


Smoking means the carrying by a person of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lighted smoking device.


The University offers a variety of services to assist those who wish to stop smoking.


10/02/92 - Approved by the President upon recommendation of College Committee on Policy
03/26/99 - Restriction extended to playing fields, spectator areas, and entrances to buildings; revision approved by the President of the University
06/23/03 - Provision for smoking in designated places in certain buildings deleted; approved by the President of the University
12/02/05 - Revision approved by the President of the University as recommended by the Policy Committee of the University, to be effective July 1, 2006