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. Adelphi University prohibits the smoking or carrying of any ignited tobacco-containing products in ALL buildings on campus, anywhere on the Early Learning Center compound, in any University owned or operated transportation, and any of the outdoor seating areas as they pertain to sports arenas, which include, but are not limited to, Motamed Field, the baseball field, softball field, and practice field. Smoking is also prohibited at open-air presentations or performances, and the outdoor dining areas at the University Center. In addition, smoking is prohibited within a reasonable distance outside of University buildings, to include entrances, windows, and ventilation intake systems. In no case shall this distance be less than 25 feet from a building, however if smoke intrudes on an interior area or in any other way interferes with the smoke-free passage of people into and out of buildings, smokers located at any distance from a building will be asked to relocate to another area. 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.
No Smoking signs shall be displayed at the entrance to buildings where smoking is prohibited by law.
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.
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 outside or to a “Smoking 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 Assistant 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 the Dean of Student Affairs. Student sanctions range from a letter of warning, to expulsion, including loss of University housing.