1002: Smoking


To promote the health and safety of employees, students, and visitors, the University will attempt to maintain an environment that is reasonably free from tobacco smoke. The University will comply with applicable laws concerning smoking.


The University will adhere to applicable laws concerning smoking and will establish smoking regulations to help protect the health of employees, students, patients, and visitors.


General Rules 
The following rules apply to smoking:

  • Smoking is prohibited in all indoor locations.
  • Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas.  Designated exterior smoking areas must be at least 25 feet from entries, outdoor air intakes and windows.

Smoking areas must be approved by the vice president responsible for the location.  Vice Presidents will coordinate designated smoking areas to minimize the number of areas and to ensure reasonable access for all employees.

The University will adhere to District of Columbia laws concerning posting of signs designating no smoking and smoking areas.  Adequate signs will be visible at entrances and inside of buildings and elevators to inform the public of applicable smoking regulations.

The University will adhere to the District of Columbia laws concerning the notification of employees of the University’s smoking policy.


University managers and supervisors must ensure that employees adhere to this policy.  Faculty, staff, and students are responsible for informing visitors of this policy and directing smokers to designated smoking areas.


Contact the University Safety Office if you have questions or if you would like more information about this policy.  Contact the appropriate Human Resources department concerning employee compliance with this policy.