Adelphi University is committed to the improvement of the health and safety of students and employees, and to full compliance with New York State and local laws that limit smoking.
Reason for Policy
Significant health risks have been determined to be the result of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that tobacco smoke is a known carcinogen and is responsible for lung cancer as well as several other diseases in adults and children. Adelphi University has as one of its highest priorities the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, and believes that environmental considerations are part of the educational process. Our goal is to reduce the risk of exposure to potentially hazardous conditions.
Who Is Governed by this Policy
Faculty, Staff, and Students
Adelphi University prohibits the smoking or carrying of any ignited tobacco-containing products in ALL buildings on campus. The University’s Smoking Policy includes in its prohibition vaping or the use of e-cigarettes and any and all similar products (such as hookah pens, e-hookahs, vaping pens, vape pipes, etc.).
Smoking (including cigars, e-cigarettes, hookah pens, e-hookahs, vaping pens, vape pipes, as well as any and all similar products) on the Garden City campus will be permitted only at four designated sites that will be clearly marked. No smoking will be allowed while traveling on walkways or traveling to or from sites where smoking is permitted. Cigarette butts should be disposed of in urns at these four designated areas. This prohibition extends to any University-owned or operated transportation.
Designated smoking areas (Garden City Campus)
- Northeast corner of Levermore Hall
- South side of Swirbul Library
- Southwest corner of Chapman Hall
- Southwest corner of Angello Alumni House
- Southwest corner of the University Center
Civil penalties for violation of this policy are set by New York State and local laws, and are enforced by the local departments of health. In addition, Adelphi University will discipline students and employees for violations of this policy in accordance with established procedures.
Employees who are in violation of this policy will be informed that smoking is not permitted and that such action is punishable by a civil fine provided by applicable law and will be directed to a “Smoking and Vaping Permitted” area. Upon the second offense, individuals will be reprimanded in writing, a copy of which will remain on file. Upon the third offense, disciplinary action may be more stringent, up to and including termination from employment, as decided by the appropriate University procedure. Any complaints concerning non-observance of this policy should be directed to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Labor Relations, who is the official contact for the University with the local departments of health.
For students, complaints about smoking in Residence Halls should be directed to the Resident Assistant or Residence Hall Director in that building. Other complaints concerning students should be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Student sanctions range from a letter of warning, to expulsion, including loss of University housing.
Electronic Cigarette: A personal electronic device that aerosolizes liquid or gel containing nicotine, flavoring, or other substances and produces an emission that may be absorbed or exhaled by the user.
This policy does not have procedures associated with it at this time. Upon periodic policy review, this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.
This policy does not have forms associated with it at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.
- Last Reviewed Date: January 30, 2023
- Last Revised Date: December 10, 2020
- Policy Origination Date: September 01, 2015
Who Approved This Policy
Sentwali Bakari, Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging