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No Smoking and Tobacco Use

Policy Number: HR-15
Effective Date: June 2007
Revisions: June 2007, June 2002, July 2000
Responsible Officer: Senior Vice President of Student Life & Administrative Services


In compliance with The Philadelphia Code, Chapter 10-600 , entitled "Public Places – Prohibited Conduct," prohibiting smoking in public places and in the workplace, this policy was established to maintain a smoke-free environment for students, faculty, professional staff, contractors and visitors since research demonstrates smoking poses significant health risks.


  1. Consistent with a smoke-free University and in support of a smoke-free Philadelphia , the sale of all tobacco products is prohibited on campus property.
  2. Smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of any entrance, exit, operable window, or air in-take of a University owned and/or operated building to include sidewalks and thoroughfares.
  3. The University prohibits the smoking or carrying of lighted tobacco products in all indoor facilities, including interior connections to buildings, covered walkways, all building stairwells, hallways, restrooms, fire escapes, parking structures, University owned vehicles, outdoor athletic/recreation facilities, and during all University-sponsored indoor or outdoor events.
  4. All University sponsored activities taking place at facilities not owned or operated by the University will be smoke-free in those areas under the University's control.


This policy applies to all students, faculty, professional staff, contractors and visitors.


  1. Each department chair, director or supervisor is responsible for ensuring policy compliance within his or her areas.
  2. Public Safety Officers patrolling the campus will instruct individuals to adhere to the non-smoking policy and respond to any complaints regarding the policy.
  3. Individuals who refuse to cooperate with the Public Safety Officers directive will be asked to provide their name, show ID, provide their department name, and the name of their supervisor. The Public Safety Officer will file a report and a copy will be forwarded to the individual's supervisor.
  4. When an employee's supervisor is informed of a violation of this policy by Public Safety, s/he will handle the situation directly using the Performance Improvement Policy guidelines.
  5. Students violating the policy will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (formerly Judicial Affairs).
  6. In addition to any action outlined in the Performance Improvement Policy, any individual who violates this policy could be subject to a fine by the City of Philadelphia Health Department.