Smoking and Tobacco Free Campus

(Effective 07/01/2014)

Heidelberg University remains committed to the health and wellness of its employees, students and the broader campus community. Among the efforts to be implemented by the University are efforts to promote and assist health awareness, wellness, and smoking/tobacco cessation and to enhance air quality and concern for the health and wellness of others throughout campus.

Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of electronic smoking devices is prohibited in all facilities owned or leased by Heidelberg University and on the grounds of any property owned or leased by the University. This means all buildings owned or controlled by Heidelberg University, including shelters, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, walkways, sidewalks, residence halls, and parking lots. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of electronic smoking devices is prohibited on sidewalks that adjoin University property. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and and the use of electronic smoking devices is also prohibited in any vehicle or equipment owned, leased or operated by Heidelberg University.

Students, faculty, and staff violating this policy may be subject to University action. Visitors who violate this policy may be denied access to Heidelberg University campus and may be subject to prosecution for trespass.

Smoking is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or any lighted cigar, cigarette, shisha pipe, pipe, water pipe (hookahs) or other lighted smoking device for burning tobacco or any other plant.

Smokeless tobacco includes, but is not limited to, chew, snus, snuff, sticks, strips and orbs.

Electronic smoking devices, commonly referred to as electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, are battery operated devices and closely resemble cigarettes.

For the purpose of enforcement the presence of smoking devices, smokeless tobacco or electronic smoking devices in a residence facility may be reasonable grounds for Residence Life staff or Security to question and/or document an alleged violation. As such, students are cautioned to use good judgment within this setting.