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Clemson University Tobacco Policy

Clemson University is a tobacco-free institution. No smoking or other use of Tobacco Products is permitted on University Property. This policy is intended to discourage tobacco use and includes a ban on selling, free sampling or littering of any and all Tobacco Products on University Property.

The University is committed to promoting a healthy, safe and attractive environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors on University property. There are proven health and economic benefits of eliminating tobacco use for all members of the University community. Tobacco prevention and cessation programs are most effective when supplemented by strong tobacco-free policies and when they are incorporated into a broader community effort to reduce tobacco use. Therefore the purpose of this policy is to promote a healthy environment, minimize the negative effects of passive smoke and tobacco use, maximize fire safety and promote wellness and good health habits on or within University Property.

This policy applies to all members of the University Community. It is effective twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Signs placed at selected sites on the main campus and on properties away from main campus, owned or under the control of the University, are to provide notice of the University's tobacco policy.

Exterior Space: All University Property which is not an Interior Space.


Interior Space: All University Property which is: (a) Within the exterior walls of, or within twenty-five (25) feet of the exterior of, any leased building, structure, or enclosure; (b) within any University owned or leased vehicle; (c) on or within covered or enclosed or partly enclosed walkways connected to buildings; and (d) within the boundaries of, or within twenty-five (25) feet of the boundary of, any intramural field or University Athletics facility, structure, enclosure, field, complex, or practice area whether it be enclosed, partially enclosed, or open air.


Tobacco Products: All forms of tobacco and smoke-related products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, water pipes (hookah), kreteks, bidis, electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff and any non-FDA approved nicotine delivery device.


University Community: Students, faculty, staff, University affiliates, contractors and visitors.


University Property: Property that is owned, operated, occupied, controlled or leased by the University or a University affiliated organization. For purposes of this policy, this includes but is not limited to all buildings and structures, enclosures, grounds, athletic facilities, sidewalks, parking lots, walkways and vehicles owned or controlled by the University, both on main campus and at sites away from main campus.

Responsibilities: It is the responsibility of all members of the University Community to comply with this policy. All members of the University Community are encouraged to respectfully inform others about the tobacco policy in a continuing effort to promote compliance and enhance awareness of this policy.


Enforcement of Policy: The collaboration and respect of all members of the University Community is essential for this policy to be implemented effectively.


Interior Space Use: Smoking or other use of Tobacco Products is prohibited in all Interior Spaces, and violators will be subject to the following actions (“Enforcement Actions”) in addition to any applicable penalty or sanction provided for by law, regulation, or University policy:

  • Students: The individual will be referred to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards, or a designee of the office.

  • Faculty or Staff: The individual will be referred to his/her immediate supervisor. Continuing violations may result in appropriate disciplinary action up to and including dismissal in conjunction with the University's disciplinary process.

  • Contractors: The individual will be referred to his/her respective employer for suitable action. Procurement will be notified of the violation and repeated occurrences by contractor personnel can result in appropriate action under the terms of the procurement. (Notice of this policy shall be included in contracts made between the University and other parties.)

  • Visitors: The individual will be asked to leave the University facility. University Security may be notified if the individual fails to comply.


Exterior Space Use: If someone is seen smoking or otherwise using any Tobacco Product in Exterior Space, the user may be reminded of this policy and requested that he/she comply by ceasing use of and appropriately discarding the Tobacco Product. However the use of a Tobacco Product in Exterior Space will not subject the user to Enforcement Actions relative to the enforcement of this Policy. The user in Exterior Space of a Tobacco Product that is otherwise regulated will be subject to that applicable law, regulation, or University policy.


Selling, Offering Free Sampling or Littering: The offering for sale, selling, offering free sampling or littering of any and all Tobacco Products on University Property is prohibited and will subject the offender to Enforcement Actions as well as any applicable penalty or sanction provided for by law, regulation, or University policy.


Exceptions to Policy: The use of Tobacco Products may only be permitted under the following circumstances:

  • Controlled research involving Tobacco Products with prior approval of the Vice President for Research and the University Fire Marshal.

  • By actors or artists who participate in University authorized performances that require the use of Tobacco Products as part of the artistic production with prior approval of the appropriate University Vice President and the University Fire Marshal if smoking is involved.

  • Educational, medically necessary or religious ceremonial purposes with prior approval of the appropriate vice president and the University Fire Marshal if smoking is involved.

  • Properties the University owns, but leases or otherwise conveys an interest (e.g. an easement) to a non-University party according to the provisions of the lease or agreement. Prior approval must be obtained from the appropriate University Vice President.

This policy does not alter the designation of any building as a smoke free building as provided for under South Carolina Code of Laws Section 44-95-20, violation of which is a misdemeanor.

Vice President for Student Affairs

January 1, 2016