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SIUC Smoking Policy Main Content

The following policy was approved by the chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale on October 2, 1987, with amendments on: May 15, 1996; April 16, 2002; May 14, 2004; October 16, 2008; and November 22, 2011.

Policy and Principles

In order to promote the health of the university community, to preserve and protect university property, and to provide a clean and safe environment in which to study, work, and learn, Southern Illinois University Carbondale hereby prohibits smoking including the use of electronic cigarettes or any other smoking device in all university vehicles, buildings and facilities on the SIUC campus and within 15 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited.

  1. Rules
    "No smoking" signs or the international "No Smoking" symbol shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at every entrance stating that smoking is prohibited as herein set forth.
  2. Administrative Responsibility and Implementation
    1. The chancellor, vice chancellors, deans, chairs, administrative officials, and supervisors are primarily responsible for the implementation and enforcement of this SIU Carbondale Smoking Policy. It is expected, in light of the health issues involved, that individuals will comply with this policy out of self-interest and concern for others. However, complaints or concerns regarding this policy or disputes regarding its implementation should be referred to the immediate administrator/supervisor for resolution.
    2. All department or unit heads will be responsible for assuring that this policy is communicated to everyone within their reporting line at least one time each year and to inform all new members of the university community within their respective units.
    3. All employees, students and visitors to Southern Illinois University Carbondale are required to honor the provisions of this policy.
  3. Resolution of Complaints  
    The success of the Smoking Policy for SIU Carbondale will depend upon the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers. It is the responsibility of all members of the campus community to observe this smoking policy. All employees and students are encouraged to remind others of the restrictions of the SIU Carbondale Smoking Policy when appropriate.
  4. Unit Resolution 
    In the event of a violation, employees, students, and other persons using campus facilities may bring the situation to the attention of the appropriate unit coordinator for resolution. The unit coordinator may utilize appropriate administrative actions to assure compliance with the policy.
    1. Campus Resolution 
      Resolution of a dispute or complaint, if not achieved at the unit level, may also be sought as follows:
      1. Complaints Against Employees 
        Labor and Employee Relations will be responsible for resolving any dispute or complaint concerning this policy when the person against whom the complaint is lodged is a member of the faculty or staff of SIU Carbondale. That office may take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action to assure compliance with the SIU Carbondale Smoking Policy.
      2. Complaints Against Students 
        The Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of designee, will be responsible for resolving any dispute or complaint concerning this policy when the person against whom the complaint is lodged is a student. Specific complaints or disputes may be referred to appropriate administrative officials, such as the Director of University Housing, Director of the Student Center, Students or Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Such officials, upon request of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of designee or designee have the authority to take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action to assure compliance with the SIU Carbondale Smoking Policy.
      3. Complaints Against Visitors 
        The office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance will be responsible for resolving any dispute or complaint concerning this policy when the person against whom the complaint is lodged is neither an employee nor a student. That office will take appropriate action to assure compliance with the SIU Carbondale Smoking Policy.
  5. Enforcement of the Policy

    If an individual's complaint is not adequately resolved at the campus level, it may be reported by calling 1-866-973-4646 or by using the Illinois State website at www.smoke-free.illinois.gov.

  6. Resources

    Regarding tobacco cessation initiatives, all University employees and students should be informed of the free Tobacco Cessation Services through the Illinois Tobacco Quitline (866-QUIT YES [1-866-784-8937]).  Smoking cessation counseling shall be offered to all students by the SIUC Wellness Center.