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'Cats for Clean Air

Smoking policy effective June 1, 2018

Smoking is a public health and fire hazard. Locations where smoking is allowed shall be restricted in order to prevent infringements upon others; and create and maintain an environment and culture that is in the best interests of the safety, health and well-being of all users of university property.  

The smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes or burning tobacco in any other form or device, as well as the use of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, hookah or other water pipe devices and all other related devices, is prohibited in university owned vehicles and on university property, except inside personal vehicles. University property includes, on the Manhattan and Polytechnic campuses: inside buildings and structures, outdoors, and within state-owned vehicles. Research investigating smoking is allowed in laboratories designated for that purpose with authorization granted by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

Violations of the smoking policy should be reported to the proper entity. Staff and faculty violations will follow the progressive discipline policies and students will be subject to the Student Code of Conduct. 

This policy is effective June 1, 2018, and is in accordance with K.S.A 21-6109, et seq, and City of Manhattan Ordinance No. 6737. Violations of Kansas Statute and City Ordinances are punishable under applicable state and local laws.


Old college tradition returns with Cats for Clean Air, April, 20, 2018

Letter from President Richard Myers: University committed to smoke-free campuses, February 23, 2018

For additional information about the creation of the policy and specific parameters, please visit our frequently asked questions.