Frequently Asked Questions
In February 2007, the Indiana University Board of Trustees mandated that smoking and the sale of tobacco products would be prohibited on all university property no later than January 1, 2008. Indiana University is concerned about the toll that smoking and tobacco use has on the health and well-being of the university community. As a public institution of higher education with units that research and treat the effects of smoking and tobacco use, IU believes it has an obligation to exercise leadership by promoting a healthy, smoke-free environment for its students, employees, and visitors. By January 1, 2008, all IU campuses will have an individually tailored policy that provides for a smoke- or tobacco-free campus.
Civility and respect are expected by all members of the university community as we make this transition.
When does the Tobacco-Free Policy start?
The Tobacco-Free Policy takes effect on the Bloomington campus on January 1, 2008.
Whom does this policy affect?
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus. We urge everyone to cooperate with civility and good will in complying with this policy.
Is there anywhere I can smoke?
Some exceptions to the campus-wide smoking ban have been granted for the use of tobacco products in designated areas near residential facilities.
Can I smoke in my personal car?
Parking garages owned or operated by the university are included in the ban, however, there will be no effort to enforce the ban in private vehicles located on university property provided users make a reasonable effort to contain smoke and smoking materials inside the vehicle (e.g., keeping windows closed).
Isn't this a violation of my civil rights?
No. The Trustees of Indiana University have the authority to govern the use of university property and regulate its use.
Why should I comply?
We hope civility and respect for others will guide all of us during the transition toward a tobacco-free campus. We realize that this policy may be taxing for tobacco users, but we hope that smokers will respect the right of their fellow members of the university community to breathe smoke-free air. We also hope that non-smokers who feel compelled to remind violators of the tobacco-free policy will do so with courtesy and civility.
Do I have to quit using tobacco?
No, the university cannot compel you to quit using tobacco. However, choosing to stop using tobacco products will make you and those around you healthier.
What resources are available to help me stop using tobacco products?
Who should I contact if I still have questions about the policy?
Office of Public Safety and Institutional Assurance,
Faculty: Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, 855-2809
Staff: University Human Resource Services, 856-1234 or
Students: Office of Student Affairs, 855-8187