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In accordance with the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act, 110 ILCS 64/1 et seq. and Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees Policy 7(M), Smoke-Free Campus Policy, the following policy for Southern Illinois University Carbondale (‘SIUC”) was approved on June 22, 2015. This policy supersedes the previous SIUC Smoking Policy.


Campus: all property, including buildings, grounds, parking lots, and vehicles that are owned or operated by Southern Illinois University. “Campus” does not include enclosed laboratories, not open to the public, where the activity of smoking is exclusively conducted for the purpose of medical or scientific, health related research.

Employee: an individual who is employed by Southern Illinois University Carbondale in consideration for direct or indirect monetary wages or profit.

Guest: a visitor to the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Smoke or smoking: the carrying, smoking, burning, inhaling, or exhaling of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, hookah, weed, herbs, or other lighted smoking equipment. “Smoke” or “Smoking” also includes products containing or delivering nicotine intended or expected for human consumption, or any part of such a product, that is not a tobacco product as defined by Section 321(rr) of Title 21 of the United States Code, such as e-cigarettes or other similar products that rely on vaporization or aerosolization, unless it has been approved or otherwise certified for legal sale by the United States Food and Drug Administration for tobacco use cessation or other medical purposes and is being marketed and sold solely for that approved purpose. “Smoke” or “smoking” does not include smoking that is associated with a native recognized religious ceremony, ritual, or activity by American Indians that is in accordance with the federal American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

Student: Any person who meets the definition of “Student” as defined in the Student Conduct Code.


As of July 1, 2015, smoking is prohibited on all Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus property as defined above. This prohibition does not apply to any instance in which an individual is traveling through or parked in a vehicle that is not owned by a State-supported institution of higher education.


An individual subject to the smoking prohibitions of this policy may not discriminate or retaliate in any manner against a person for making a complaint of a violation of this policy or furnishing information concerning a violation to a person, campus, or governing authority.


The prohibitions on smoking in this policy must be communicated to each guest of SIUC upon request. A smoke-free campus map indicating the locations where smoking is prohibited under this policy shall be posted on the SIUC website.


  1. 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 SIUC Smoke-Free Campus 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.
    3. All employees, students and visitors to Southern Illinois University Carbondale are required to comply with this policy.
  2. Resolution of Complaints
    1. The success of this policy 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 Smoke-Free Campus policy. All employees and students are encouraged to remind others of the restrictions of the policy when appropriate.
    2. Campus Resolution
      1. Complaints Against Employees
        Disciplinary proceedings will be conducted for violations of this University policy. Disciplinary procedures shall be implemented according to the applicable collective bargaining agreement and/or the applicable University policies and procedures. The appropriate Vice Chancellor, or his/her designee, shall be responsible for the disciplinary process and determination for all administrative/professional employees and faculty. The disciplinary process for Civil Service employees shall be in accordance with the State University Civil Service Act, 110 ILCS 70 et seq., and any applicable collective bargaining agreement.
      2. Complaints Against Students
        The Student Conduct Code shall govern the disciplinary process for students.
      3. Complaints Against Others on Campus
        Disciplinary or punitive action may also be taken against contractors, their sub-contractors doing business on University property or in University facilities, program participants, and visitors to the University. The action taken may include loss of access to University-related facilities, property, or equipment, or other appropriate sanctions.