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Policy 702 - Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free

702. Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free


Santa Clara University has adopted a smoke-free and tobacco-free policy on the University campuses in Santa Clara and Berkeley.


Scope of Application

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors of the University are covered by this policy. In addition, all persons using the facilities of the University are subject to this policy.


Smoking means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying of any lighted or heated tobacco product, as well as smoking substances that are not tobacco, and operating electronic smoking devices and other smoking instruments.

Tobacco Product means all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, electronic smoking devices, and all forms of smokeless tobacco.

Tobacco-Related means the use of tobacco brand or corporate name, trademarks, logo, symbol, motto, or selling message that is identifiable with those used for any brand of tobacco products or company which manufactures tobacco products.

General Rules

  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • The use of tobacco products is prohibited.
  • The sale and advertising of tobacco products and tobacco-related products are prohibited.

Signs shall be conspicuously posted on campus.


All management and supervisory personnel are responsible for implementing this policy and assuring that infractions are handled properly. In addition to posting signs, managers and supervisors shall advise employees, students, and visitors not to smoke on the campus. An individual may request a smoker to move off campus. Those refusing to comply with this policy may be reported to the appropriate supervisor or manager.


This policy relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers for its success. Faculty, staff, and students are responsible for informing visitors of this policy and directing smokers off campus. University managers and supervisors must ensure enforcement of this policy.


Complaints or concerns regarding this policy shall be referred to Campus Safety Services or the Department of Human Resources. Requests for exceptions to this policy for religious, medical or academic reasons may be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources.


Policy Approved: July 1, 2015

Last Updated: July 1, 2015

Last Reviewed: June 30 2022

Maintainer: Human Resources

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