Urbana-Champaign Smoking Policy
To establish a policy that recognizes the health, safety, and comfort benefits of smoke-free air and the University's responsibility to provide and maintain an optimally healthful and safe working and living environment for faculty, students, staff and visitors.
This policy incorporates the requirements of State of Illinois Public Act 095-0017, which restricts smoking on all state properties.
This policy is granted authority by State of Illinois law, and implemented on the Urbana-Champaign campus by the Office of the Chancellor.
Smoking of any material is prohibited in all facilites of the Urbana-Champaign campus, including campus-owned or leased vehicles, with the exception of designated smoking permitted in overnight guest rooms.
Smoking is defined as the burning of tobacco or any other material in any type of smoking equipment, including but not restricted to cigarettes, cigars or pipes.
The following guidelines are designed to achieve the goal of a smoke-free public environment:
- Preferential consideration shall be given to achieving a smoke-free environment whenever the needs of smokers and non-smokers conflict.
- Smoking is prohibited indoors in all university owned and leased facilities at all locations, including campus owned or leased vehicles. Smoking is also prohibited in outdoor areas where seating is provided, such as, but not limited to, athletic events, concerts and other types of entertainment and productions. However, smoking is permitted in designated overnight guest rooms.
- Smoking is prohibited in outdoor areas within twenty-five (25) feet of building entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes.
- The sale of tobacco products on University premises is prohibited.
Smoking receptacles are strategically placed throughout campus and those who smoke are requested to use them so that a clean and visually attractive campus is maintained. Signage has been posted to assist in communication of the campus' smoking policy.
Deans, Directors, Department Heads, or their designees, are responsible for implementing this policy in the campus facilities under their jurisdiction by:
- Assuring that the policy is communicated to all current and future staff members, and
- Responding to questions concerning the policy and guidelines.
The University recognizes that individuals may need help quitting or refraining from smoking. In this regard, assistance with smoking cessation and prevention education is available through McKinley Health Center and/or the Faculty-Staff Assistance Program.
Questions or concerns regarding this policy or disputes regarding its implementation should be referred to the unit head for resolution. Appeals shoud be addressed to the unit head's immediate supervisor.
It is impossible to develop guidelines to embrace all of the special circumstances that may occur. The Executive Director of Facilities & Services should be contacted for help in clarifying this policy.