The University of Minnesota, Crookston, Duluth, Rochester, and Twin Cities are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. All students, staff, faculty, and visitors are prohibited from smoking and using, selling, free distributing, and advertising tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in all facilities and on all University property. The University of Minnesota, Morris has a separate policy: Smoke-Free Indoor Air.
Tobacco use will be permitted on University property only in these situations:
- Peer-reviewed, approved scientific studies that require participants to use tobacco, require advance approval (see procedure.)
- Tobacco use as part of a traditional Native American spiritual or cultural ceremony is permitted without prior approval in non-residential spaces. To ensure that ceremonies held indoors do not inadvertently activate fire alarms or sprinkler systems, event organizers must follow the attached procedures.
- Theatrical productions where performers are permitted to use tobacco as part of the theatrical performance, theater staff must meet the notification requirements (see procedure.)
- Enclosed, privately-owned vehicles, while driving on campus or parked in surface parking lots as defined by the appropriate campus office that oversees parking, provided users make a reasonable effort to contain smoke and tobacco materials inside the vehicle.
The success of this policy will depend upon the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of everyone on campus, including tobacco-users and non-users. All members of the University community are encouraged to promote compliance with this policy. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors who violate this policy should be reminded of the policy and asked to comply. Repeated violation of this policy may be cause for disciplinary action in accordance with applicable student or employee codes of conduct. Visitors who refuse to comply with this policy may be asked to vacate campus property.
Reason for Policy
The University of Minnesota is committed to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of all campus community members and fostering an environment of respect for people and property through education and practice. This commitment, along with the wealth of research documenting health risks associated with tobacco use, the assessments of regional and national trends, and input from the campus community provide the rationale for the establishment of the University as a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. Implementing this comprehensive policy protects and enhances the health of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, and promotes social norms that support healthy living and lifestyle choices, by discouraging tobacco use, protecting against involuntary exposure to harmful secondhand smoke, and encouraging and supporting cessation efforts.