Loyola University Chicago

Human Resources

Nonsmoking policy

Policy Statement
Loyola University Chicago, in compliance with the City of Chicago Ordinance No. 7-32 has adopted a non-smoking policy effective January 18, 2006. This ordinance states that no one may smoke within 15 feet of any entrance to a building designated as a non‑smoking building. Therefore, in connection with the ordinance which regulates smoking, the University’s goal is to provide a smoke-free environment. 


Scope of Application 
All faculty, staff, students and visitors of the University are covered by this policy. In addition, all persons using the facilities of the University are subject to this policy. Smoking in unauthorized or hazardous places is prohibited. This policy statement is specifically referenced in the Student Handbook, the Employee handbook – rules of conduct; and Student Employee handbook – rules of conduct.

General Rules
Smoking shall be prohibited at all times in all enclosed, University facilities without exception. This includes common work areas, auditoriums, classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, private offices, elevators, hallways, medical facilities, cafeterias, employee lounges, stairways, restrooms, locker room, dressing areas, and all other enclosed facilities. Smoking is also prohibited in all University vehicles.

Individuals who choose to smoke outside must maintain a distance of 15 feet from any building opening (e.g., doors, windows, ventilation intakes, etc.). All cigarette butts shall be disposed in designated ashtrays.

Faculty, staff and students are responsible for complying with this policy, informing visitors of this policy and directing smokers to designated smoking areas. Campus Safety must ensure enforcement of this policy.

Winifred L. Williams, PhD
Vice President for Human Resources
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Last updated (04/2008, 3/2017)