Tobacco-Free Policy

Effective date: January 1, 2008

Last updated: January 15, 2014


Indiana University is concerned about the toll that smoking and tobacco use has on the health and well-being of the university community. As a public institution of higher education with units that research and treat the effects of smoking and tobacco use, IU believes it has an obligation to exercise leadership by promoting a healthy, smoke-free environment for its students, employees, and visitors.

Campus Policy

The use or sale of tobacco, tobacco products, and smoking related products is prohibited on Indiana University property.

The use or sale of tobacco, tobacco products, and smoking related products is prohibited in university-owned, university-operated, or university-leased vehicles.

The use of tobacco, tobacco products, and smoking related products is permitted inside privately owned vehicles.

In accordance with Indiana state law, managers or officials in charge of a public building must ask an individual who is smoking in the public building or within 8 feet of the entrance of a public building to refrain from smoking and to cause that individual to be removed if the individual then fails to refrain from smoking.

In accordance with Indiana state law, ashtrays or other smoking receptacles are prohibited in public buildings or at the entrances to public buildings.

Enforcement of this policy will depend upon all members of the campus community to comply with and encourage others to comply with this policy in order to ensure a healthy environment to work, study, and live.

Violations of the policy will be handled through existing processes already in place for students, faculty, and staff. This policy will be incorporated into the IU Southeast Faculty Manual and Staff Handbook. Student violations will be processed under the Student Code of Conduct. Complaints regarding violations of this policy should be referred to the appropriate office: For faculty, the Office of Academic Affairs, for staff, Human Resources; and for students, Office of Student Affairs.

Smoking cessation programs will be offered to all employees and students at little or no cost to the participants. Continuation of the cessation programs will be evaluated annually to determine if these programs should be continued based on interest and participation.


Tobacco and smoking related products - all tobacco-derived or tobacco containing products including, and not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes, and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff) and nasal tobacco (e.g. snus). It also includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products or the smoking of any other substance.

Indiana University Property - Buildings, grounds, and land that are owned by Indiana University or controlled by Indiana University, via leases or other contractual arrangements.

University vehicles - include all licensed vehicles owned, leased, or rented by or for Indiana University.

Read Indiana University's Tobacco-Free Policy (PS-04).

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