Smoke and Tobacco-Free University

Policy Number: 
Reason for Policy: 

This policy outlines smoking and tobacco restrictions on properties owned or controlled by the University of Oregon.

Entities Affected by this Policy: 

Any individual on University Property.

Responsible Office: 

For questions about this policy, please contact Human Resources at 541-346-3159.

Enactment & Revision History: 

06 January 2020 - Policy updates approved by the university president

08 November 2018 - Policy renumbered to IV.07.09

04 September 2015 - Technical revisions enacted by the university secretary

01 July 2014 - Became a University of Oregon Policy by operation of law

Former Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 571 Division 50 Section 0005


The University of Oregon is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, working, and living environment for our students, faculty, and staff, and other members of our community. Research shows that tobacco use in general constitutes a significant public health hazard. The University therefore strictly prohibits all Smoking or Tobacco Use on University Property and in University Vehicles. This policy applies to all persons, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors.

(1) Definitions.

(a) “Smoking”: Inhaling, exhaling, burning, vaping or carrying any lighted or heated Tobacco or nicotine product, including legal smoking substances (e.g., dip replacements, kratom, salvia) that are not Tobacco.

(b) “Tobacco”: All forms of Tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, shisha, pipes, water pipes (hookah), clove cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), and similar devices, and all forms of smokeless Tobacco including but not limited to chew, snus, snuff, sticks, strips and orbs.

(c) “Tobacco Use”: Smoking, chewing, dipping or any other use of Tobacco products.

(d) “University Property”: All property owned, leased or controlled by the University.

(e) “University Vehicle”: Any vehicle owned, rented or leased by the University.

(2) Prohibitions.

Smoking and Tobacco Use is prohibited on all University Property and in all University Vehicles. The sale, distribution, and/or advertisement of any Tobacco products is prohibited on University Property and in University publications. Products exclusively designed to support smoking cessation are not prohibited.

An employee who violates this policy may be subject to discipline. A student who violates this policy may be subject to action under the Student Conduct Code.

Visitors who violate this policy may be cited and asked to leave pursuant to the Campus Visitors policy.

(3) Assistance to Employees and Students.

The University will publicize the availability of Tobacco addiction treatment assistance for employees and students.

(4) Exceptions.

Exceptions to this policy may be approved by the President and must be consistent with federal and state law (e.g., the Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act).

  • Volume IV: Finance, Administration and Infrastructure
  • Chapter 7: Property, facilities and planning; sustainability
Original Source: 
Oregon Administrative Rule