Lewis & Clark College takes seriously its obligation to provide a safe, healthy environment for all community members and guests. The institution acknowledges and supports the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active and/or passive, is a significant health hazard. The institution further accepts that environmental tobacco smoke has been classified as a Class-A carcinogen, and that there is no safe level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.
The Oregon Smokefree Workplace Law informs the institution in its response to the public health threat of tobacco smoke. With this in mind, and to support the health of our community, Lewis & Clark prohibits smoking on campus except at designated smoking areas. Individuals (including guests) are not permitted to smoke in any other area of campus, including in college buildings, in private vehicles on College property, on sidewalks, in parking lots, in recreational areas, and in other outdoor areas. This policy applies to all events on Lewis & Clark property. Smoking is also prohibited in college vehicles, whether on- or off-campus.
- Smoking consists of burning or vaporizing any substance and then either inhaling or exhaling the product. This includes, but is not limited to, tobacco cigarettes, clove cigarettes, herbal cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and hookah shisha, vaping and e‑cigarettes. Smoking of illegal drugs is governed by the Alcohol and Drugs policy.
- Individuals using designated smoking areas must extinguish smoking materials before exiting the area. Smoking materials must be disposed of properly. Improper disposal includes littering and any behavior which creates a fire hazard.
- Individuals may request an exemption from this policy related to cultural or religious ceremonies or events. All such exemptions must be approved in writing in advance by the Deans Council, however appropriate school-specific contacts will have the opportunity to provide counsel in this process. Application forms for such exemptions may be obtained from the Provost Office.
- All community members are encouraged to support the community by assisting in the enforcement of this policy. Assistance can include providing education and verbal warnings.
- When individuals have made it readily apparent, through repeated violations and/or repeated failure to heed requests, that they are not open to complying with this policy, community members may contact Campus Safety for assistance. In situations where Campus Safety has been involved, officers will have discretion as to how to enforce the policy, and should consider the totality of the circumstance in which a violation occurs. Officers may issue citations to violators.
- Compliance with Lewis & Clark policies and regulations is considered a standard part of job performance for all employees. Repeated failure by employees of the College to abide by these policies and procedures should be addressed through discussion between the employee and his or her immediate supervisor (e.g., clarifying this policy, outlining available resources and helping the employee to develop a strategy for compliance) and, if necessary, disciplinary action.
- If a violation of these rules is committed by a Lewis & Clark student or employee, a citation may be issued. Citations will be associated with a $25 fine. Fines will be posted to the offender’s student or employee account in Student and Departmental Account Services. A fine which is dismissed through the appeals process will be reversed from the individual’s account.
- Appeals: Persons cited for violating this policy may submit a written appeal to the Smoking Fine Appeals Team within one week of the citation. After a brief adjudicative procedure, the appeals team (consisting of the Director of Campus Safety, one other employee, and a student) may sustain, dismiss, suspend, or reduce the fine. Appeal forms are available online and in the Campus Safety Office.
Approved by Executive Council May 29, 1995; Revised and Approved by Executive Council June 25, 2014