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This page lists all the return to campus communications sent to the Loyola University Chicago community. For any questions, please send a message to covid-19support@LUC.edu.

Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Tuesday, May 4, 2021 02:00 PM CDT

Becoming a Smoke-, Tobacco-, and Vape-Free University

May 4, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We are pleased to announce that Loyola University Chicago will become smoke-free, tobacco-free, and vape-free effective August 1, 2021.

This is an important step in our commitment to providing a healthy campus for all faculty, staff, and students, and a step that our community embraces. A University Senate survey found that the majority of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators are in favor of a smoke-, tobacco-, and vape-free University. This new policy puts us in good company, as 22 other Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. and 2,500 other U.S. colleges and universities are smoke free.

At Loyola, tobacco use, marijuana use, and vaping will be prohibited in interior spaces, outdoor property, University-owned or leased vehicles, and outdoor athletic facilities. Included in this new policy are the Lake Shore Campus, Water Tower Campus, John Felice Rome Center (JFRC), and the Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC), as well as our Health Sciences Campus, which is already a no-smoking campus. As we get closer to the effective date of August 1, we will share the full policies for our smoke-free, tobacco-free, and vape-free campus.

We applaud the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC), which championed this policy. After conducting extensive research into the negative health and environmental impacts of tobacco use, SGLC took the policy to University Senate for additional consideration and support.

Smoking cessation resources
For anyone looking to stop tobacco use or vaping, Loyola offers several resources:

  • Students: Wellness Center resources include individual consultations and referrals to local programs.
  • Faculty and staff: Smoking cessation resources include the Aetna Tobacco Cessation Journeys program as well as access to licensed professionals, videos, and articles through the Perspectives Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Thank you for your support of a healthy Loyola community.

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Winifred Williams, PhD
Vice President,
Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Jane Neufeld
Vice President, Division of Student Development

Susan Uprichard, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology
Chair, University Senate, Academic Years 2019-21