Frequently Asked Questions

Why did STU decide to have enforced designated smoking zones?
The health and safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors is a high priority for St. Thomas University. The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that tobacco smoking is the nation's leading preventable cause of premature death and disability. Tobacco smoke is hazardous to the health of smokers and non-smokers alike. To promote a safe and healthful work and academic environment, STU has decided to move towards having designated smoking areas throughout campus.  

When will the policy become effective?
STU’s Smoke Free Zone Policy became effective August 19, 2013.  

What areas will be covered by the new policy?
STU’s policy applies to all University property including the buildings, leased vehicles and owned vehicles, and golf carts.  Smoking (including the use of e-cigs)/Tobacco use is only allowed in the designated smoking areas.  

How will this policy be enforced?
Since STU has decided to enforce designated smoking zones as a community health initiative, ultimately the entire campus community will be responsible for the enforcement.  Ideally, there will be voluntary compliance with limited disciplinary actions.  

Sample scripts to assist students, faculty, and staff in approaching smokers on campus have been developed. Click here to download.

Anyone from the campus community can anonymously report repeat violators at tobaccofree@stu.edu.  Repeat violators will be reported to their direct supervisor or dean.