Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus | Webster University

Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus

Effective August 15, 2018

I. Purpose

Webster University is committed to providing a healthy environment for all of its students, employees and campus visitors. While we respect the rights of those who use tobacco and other nicotine products and smoking devices, it has been determined that tobacco use is detrimental to the health of users and of others nearby. Therefore, the Webster Groves, Missouri, campus is designated as a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus.

II. Policy Scope

This policy applies to all full-time and part-time students, faculty and staff at the Webster Groves campus, to all third-party contractors working on the campus and to all guests and visitors to the Webster Groves campus.

III. Policy Statement

Webster University strictly prohibits the use of any and all forms of tobacco and other nicotine products and smoking devices at its Webster Groves campus other than as described in Section IV below.

IV. Definitions

  1. Tobacco and other nicotine and smoking devices is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including and not limited to, cigarettes (e.g., clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes and vape pens, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff) and nasal tobacco. It also includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contain tobacco flavoring, or deliver nicotine other than for the purpose of cessation of use.
  2. Webster Groves campus is defined as:
    1. the interior of all University owned or leased academic buildings, residence halls, apartments, warehouses, operational facilities, physical plants, recreational facilities, performance facilities, office spaces, parking garages, and University-occupied spaces at Old Orchard Center, located in the City of Webster Groves, Missouri.
    2. all outside property and grounds surrounding these buildings including walkways, patios, grassy areas, parking lots and sidewalks and driveways; and
    3. all vehicles owned/leased by the University for general University use; and
 all personally and/or commercially owned/leased vehicles on University property.
  3. "General University use" means for use by multiple students, employees, or contractors engaged by the University.

V. Exclusions

The following exclusions apply to this policy:

  1. The use of tobacco products in laboratory and classroom instruction or experiments, or for artistic purposes. The use of tobacco on campus for research, educational, and/or artistic purposes must be approved in advance by the Provost or designee. Such use must be preceded by reasonable advance notice to the public.
  2. Specific activities used in connection with the practice of cultural activities by American Indians that are in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C. - Sections 1996 and 1996a allow for the use of ceremonial tobacco. All ceremonial use exceptions must be approved in advance by the Provost or designee.

VI. University Support for Cessation

Webster University recognizes the support that students, faculty and staff need in pursuing a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus. Available resources, many free, are listed on our website at under "Resources – Tobacco and Smoke Free Resources." These resources are varied, from individual to group support, online resources or smart phone apps, as well as available programs and services through Health Services, Counseling and Life Development and our employee benefits program.

VII. Enforcement

The success of this policy is dependent on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of both tobacco users/smokers and non-tobacco users/non-smokers to comply with the policy. All students, employees and visitors to campus are asked to be mindful and courteous of our residential and business neighbors surrounding University properties in adhering to this policy. The Department of Public Safety, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Human Resources and all members of University leadership are charged with primary enforcement of this policy.

Repetitive offenders of this policy are subject to disciplinary policies and procedures as described in the handbook for their primary constituency with the University. Others may be invited to leave the University premises.


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