Smoking and Smoke Detectors

Reason for Policy

This policy seeks to protect the health and comfort of non-smoking residents, while also providing options for those residents and guests who choose to smoke tobacco products.

This policy empowers non-smoking residents to ask someone who is smoking to move to a different location if their smoke is bothersome.

Affected Parties

Undergrads in Residence

Policy Statement


Smoking is not permitted in any college-owned undergraduate residential facility. Smoking refers to all smoking methods, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic smoking devices, vaporizers, hookahs, and water pipes.

Students found smoking in any undergraduate residential facility will face disciplinary action, which may include a $100 fine and/or removal from the residence halls. In addition to the fine, students will be charged for any related maintenance or cleaning as the result of smoking in a residential facility.

Smoking outside of a College residence is permitted, so long as the smoke does not affect residents inside the building. As a result, if you choose to smoke outside, please smoke away from building entrances and windows.

Privately-owned Greek and Society Houses establish their own policies regarding smoking. 

Smoke Detectors

Students are responsible for checking the smoke detector in their room for proper functioning. This check involves seeing that the red light in the center of the detector is lit.

Any malfunction must be reported immediately to Residential Operations during business hours or to Safety and Security in the evenings and on weekends.

Smoke detectors are permanently wired to each room and should never be disconnected, covered, or otherwise obstructed. Such acts will result in a $100 fine and assessment of repair/replacement costs to the responsible party/parties (by prorating the charges). Responsible parties are subject to disciplinary action that may result in removal from College residences and/or criminal charges.

Effective Date

July 1, 2015

Office of Primary Responsibility