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Smoking Policy

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • (Approved by the Chancellor, July 27, 1990)
  • (Revisions approved by the Chancellor, April 2, 2008)
  • (Revisions approved by the Chancellor, August 31, 2015)


Understandable concern about the potential health consequences of smoking in University buildings has mounted in recent years. Accordingly, some additional regulation of smoking on the University campus is authorized.


This policy applies to all students, faculty, senior administrative officers, non-faculty EPA employees, SPA employees, guests, and other authorized individuals who are present on property owned, leased, managed, or operated by The University of North Carolina at Greensboro or any component, including departments, offices, centers, or similar.


Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings including residence halls.  Smoking is defined as the use or possession of any lighted tobacco product, including e-cigarettes and related devices, vapors and any other related smoking paraphernalia.

Additionally, smoking shall be prohibited outdoors within 25 feet of any campus building unless designation otherwise has been provided. Wherever possible, ash urns and other provisions made available to smokers should be located to positions outside the 25 foot perimeter of buildings. No facilities shall be approved or areas otherwise designated within 25 feet of any entrance, outdoor air intake, or operable window.


Any violation of this policy by a University student is subject to the Student Code of Conduct in the student handbook. For employees, violations on the smoking policy may result in disciplinary action according the SPA and EPA Non-Faculty Disciplinary Policies. Guests who violate the policy may be asked to leave and may be subject to criminal trespass.

Violations of law may also be referred for criminal or civil prosecution.


This policy is to be reviewed every seven (7) years, or more frequently as needed based on changes to federal, state, local, system, or University changes.

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This policy is administered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.