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. Second hand smoke contributes to increased absenteeism, institutional costs for medical care, medical insurance, fire damage, and cleaning and maintenance costs. 

In light of compelling research findings about the effects of environmental tobacco smoke, the University strongly discourages students from smoking in areas where non-smokers cannot avoid exposure to smoke. In order to limit exposure to environmental smoke, the University prohibits smoking in all residence halls, program houses, apartments, and Wood Frame houses, as well as within 25 feet of university residences.

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 a satisfactory resolution is not reached, the Director of Residential Life should be consulted.  Students who violate the smoking policy will be fined, as well as 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 (x2460), offers educational programs about the effects of smoking. We encourage all students who smoke to take advantage of these programs, in order to protect their own health and the health of other members of the Wesleyan community.