Notre Dame revises smoking policy to meet LEED requirements

by Dennis Brown

The University of Notre Dames smoking policy has been revised to incorporate Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements. The revision was approved Aug. 26 by the officers of the University.

The primary change to the policy is the prohibition of smoking within 25 feet of the outside of any building to prevent tobacco smoke from entering buildings through entrances, windows, ventilation systems or other means.

In association with the passage of a St. Joseph County ordinance that restricts smoking in certain places, the University revised its smoking policy in 2006 to prohibit smoking in all campus buildings.

A campus-wide smoking policy was established in 1992 by a task force of Notre Dame staff, faculty and students.

The general guidelines of the newly revised policy follow:

General Guidelines

  1. Under these guidelines, smoking is prohibited in all buildings.# The University, through the Office of Human Resources, will provide access to smoking cessation programs for faculty and staff upon request. The Office of Drug&Alcohol Education will provide access to smoking cessation programs for students upon request.# The sale, distribution and advertisement of tobacco products are prohibited on campus.# The University policy on smoking will be posted on-line and available to all students, faculty and employees.# The success of this policy depends upon the thoughtfulness, consideration, good will and cooperation of both smokers and non-smokers. All members of the NotreDame community, as well as visitors, share in the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing this policy. Violators who refuse to conform to this policy at University events (i.e., athletic events, concerts, etc.) will be escorted out of the event.# Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of the outside of any building to prevent tobacco smoke from entering the building through entrances, windows, ventilation systems or other means.# Complaints about violators of the smoking policy or air quality resulting from the above should be brought to the attention of the building representative or person responsible for the area in which the violation occurred.The responsible person, if unable to remedy the situation, will contact Risk Management and Safety for assistance.(Note:If the complaining party cannot identify the appropriate building representative, he/she should contact Risk Management and Safety directly.)Risk Management and Safety will review the infraction and refer to the appropriate authority for corrective action or further restriction to the smoking policy.

Questions regarding this policy can be directed to the Office of Human Resources (631-5829) or Risk Management and Safety (631-5037).

Revision Date:8/26/2008

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