USF Campus is Tobacco Free!
As of August 1, 2010, the University of Saint Francis joins more than 300 college campuses across the United States as "Tobacco Free." All campus buildings, residence halls, athletic facilities, parking lots, walkways, vehicles and grounds are included in the policy. All faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to support the USF effort to have a healthier environment for learning.
USF Definition of Tobacco Free
This includes the burning of any type of cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other smoking equipment, whether filled with tobacco or any other material. The use of smokeless/chewing tobacco is also prohibited.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whom does this policy affect?
The policy applies to anyone who comes to campus - faculty, staff, students, contract/other employees and visitors.
Can I smoke in my car?
Is any tobacco/smoking allowed in student housing?
Where can I smoke/chew?
Smoking or chewing tobacco is no longer permitted in any campus building, residence halls, athletic facilities, parking lots, walkways, vehicles or grounds at USF. In addition, we ask that you also not smoke on the neighbor’s properties and businesses that surround the university. Be aware that the Fire Department will ticket offenders using tobacco on station property as they are tobacco free as well.
Do I have to quit smoking or chewing?
No, but you can no longer smoke or chew on USF property.
Isn't this a violation of my civil rights?
No, the university has the authority to govern the use of USF property and create guidelines believed to be in everyone's best interest.
What resources are available if I want to quit smoking/chewing?
A variety of resources and links relating to quitting smoking are listed on this page under Smoking Cessation Program Assistance and Useful Links.
What happens if a visitor violates the policy?
Visitors are expected to comply with the campus policy. Please inform a visitor about the policy and its importance to the campus and ask for their compliance. Hand them a lime green card.
How will the new policy be enforced?
Enforcement of this policy is the responsibility of all members of the university community. This policy relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers for its success, and it is expected that smokers will voluntarily comply with its spirit and intent.
What are the consequences for violating the policy?
Great efforts will be made to ensure faculty, staff and students are aware of the new policy. Individuals who knowingly violate the policy will be referred to the appropriate campus administrative unit for disciplinary action.
Are e-cigarettes allowed?
Electronic cigarettes that do not contain tobacco or are not burning are allowed. Those that contain tobacco are not.