Residential Smoking Policy
Wesleyan University has a responsibility to its students and employees to provide a safe and healthful environment.
Secondhand smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke, is a Class A carcinogen and has detrimental effects on health. Research findings have established that environmental tobacco smoke triggers asthma attacks and causes lung cancer, cardiovascular, and lung diseases. Secondhand smoke contributes to increased absenteeism; institutional costs for medical care, medical insurance, and fire damage; and cleaning and maintenance costs.
The goal of the former smoking policy was intended to limit exposure to environmental smoke to enclosed spaces in residence halls. This has been found to be ineffective because smoke is transferred through the ventilation systems, hallways, spaces between door frames, and open doors.
To limit environmental smoke, the University prohibits smoking in all residential facilities, and faculty and administrative buildings (including all offices, common areas, and classrooms). The policy also prohibits smoking within 25 feet from the perimeter of all university buildings.
In light of compelling research findings about the effects of environmental tobacco smoke, the University strongly discourages students from smoking in areas where nonsmokers cannot avoid exposure to smoke. These include areas near windows, doorways, breezeways, and ventilation systems.
Effective implementation of this policy depends upon the respect and cooperation of all members of the Wesleyan University community. Students are encouraged to discuss problem situations regarding smoking in residential areas and outdoor areas with fellow students. Complaints and disputes that are not resolved through discussion should be brought to the attention of a resident advisor, house manager, head resident, or area coordinator. If satisfactory resolution is not reached, the director of residential life should be consulted. Students who repeatedly violate the smoking policy may be charged with violating the Code of Non-Academic Conduct.
The Office of Student Health Services (x2470) provides assistance to students who wish to stop smoking. WesWELL, the Office of Health Education (x2466), offers educational programs about the effects of smoking. We encourage all students who smoke to take advantage of these programs to protect their own health and the health of other members of the Wesleyan community.