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Urbana-Champaign Smoking Policy


To provide a healthy environment that promotes the health, well-being, and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by minimizing the negative effects of secondhand smoke; to improve fire safety; and to encourage a more sustainable environment.


This policy applies to any individual on campus property, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, other employees, contractors, subcontractors, volunteers, visitors and members of the public, and is applicable twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.


Pursuant to the University of Illinois Statutes and the General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure, the Chancellor is the chief executive officer for the campus and has the responsibility for the safety of personnel and property on the campus. This policy supports and furthers the goals of the Smoke Free Illinois Act, 410 ILCS 82/1 – 90, which prohibits smoking in public places, places of employment, governmental vehicles, and student dormitories, and also permits owners and employers to designate other non-enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited; and the Litter Control Act, 415 ILCS 105/1 – 14, which prohibits discarding litter on public property in Illinois.


As of January 1, 2014, smoking is prohibited on all campus property at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, both indoors and outdoors, in university-owned vehicles and in privately-owned vehicles parked on campus property. The advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco products is also prohibited on campus property. Littering the remains of tobacco products or any other related waste product on campus property is further prohibited.


  • “smoking” means
    1. lighting or burning any type of matter or substance that contains tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, beedies, kreteks, water pipes, bongs, and hookahs;
    2. lighting or burning of non-tobacco plants or marijuana; and
    3. using electronic cigarettes.
  • “campus property” means any property owned, leased, occupied, operated or otherwise controlled by the University of Illinois, including but not limited to academic and auxiliary buildings, classrooms, laboratories, residences, residence halls, elevators, stairwells, restrooms, roofs, meeting rooms, hallways, lobbies and other common areas, hotel rooms and conference facilities, athletic complexes and facilities, exterior open spaces, shuttle buses, shuttle bus stops, university-owned parking garages and lots, driveways, loading docks, university-owned streets, sidewalks and walkways, and as further set forth on the Smoke-Free Campus map.
  • “tobacco products” means all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, beedies, kreteks, water pipes, bongs, and hookahs, electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and any non-FDA approved nicotine delivery device or product.


  1. The campus shall post notices bearing the message “Smoke-Free Campus” or the international “No Tobacco” symbol or similar signage at critical areas across the campus, such as at building entrances. However, this policy applies to all campus property whether or not such notices are posted.
  2. Organizers of and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events, and sporting events, as well as non-university events held on campus property must abide by this policy. Organizers of such events are responsible for informing attendees of this policy.
  3. An individual may inform someone smoking on campus property of this policy and request that the smoker comply with the policy. Noncompliant individuals who are perceived as threatening or violent may be referred to the Division of Public Safety. Individuals may also report policy violations through the reporting procedures on the Smoke-Free Campus website.
  4. Individuals found to be noncompliant will be subject to existing campus disciplinary measures:
    1. For students, such noncompliance will be referred to the Office for Student Conflict Resolution.
    2. For employees, such noncompliance will be referred to the employee's supervisor, Academic Human Resources or Staff Human Resources, as applicable.
    3. For contractors and subcontractors, such noncompliance will be referred to the campus unit responsible for monitoring performance of the applicable contract.
    4. Visitors and members of the public who refuse to comply with this policy may be asked to leave campus.


Subject to advance approval as specified herein, the following activities may be conducted as exceptions to this policy:

  • Ceremonial Smoking: Individuals or groups interested in smoking as part of a ceremony in or on campus property must seek advance approval from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Director of Auxiliary Services by submitting a request for approval through the Smoke-Free Campus website.
  • Smoking in Research: smoking may be allowed in an enclosed area on campus property for a medical, scientific, or research program, provided that smoking is an integral part of such program and the appropriate campus research oversight body has approved the inclusion of smoking in the program pursuant to the applicable procedures for such medical, scientific, or research program.


Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.