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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Tobacco-Free Campus
  • When does the Tobacco Free policy start?

    August 20, 2007, ashtrays completely removed by September 4, 2007.

  • Whom does this policy affect?

    Patients, visitors, faculty, staff, volunteers, physicians, students, contract / other employees, contractors and service representatives. In fact, it applies to anyone who comes to campus.

  • Don't we already have a smoke-free policy? How is this different from our current policy?

    Smoking in buildings has long been prohibited. The IU Northwest campus modified its policy in 1997 to prohibit smoking within 30 feet of buildings. The new policy is intended to promote a healthy environment by prohibiting smoking and tobacco use anywhere on property owned or leased by the university's IU Northwest campus.

  • Where can I smoke?

    Although sidewalks along these city streets are noted as city property, we continue to request as a courtesy to others and in keeping with the tobacco free commitment of the campus, that individuals refrain from tobacco use on the sidewalks adjoining campus property.

    The streets with the main campus boundaries which are included in the IU Northwest Tobacco Free Initiative:

    • Broadway and Jefferson Street between 33 rd and 35 th Avenues,
    • 33 rd and 35 th Avenues between Broadway
    • Jefferson Street

    Smoking is permitted only in your personal car.  Parking lots 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 smoking materials inside the vehicle (e.g., not throwing cigarette butts out of the window).

  • Can I smoke in my personal car?

    Parking lots 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., not throwing cigarette butts out of the window).

  • Does this policy apply to City owned streets, sidewalks and right-of-ways?

    Indiana University has no jurisdiction over the use of City owned streets, sidewalks and right-of-ways. However, please note that many streets and adjacent sidewalks on the campus are university property. Those interested in engaging in tobacco-related activities should exercise care to obviously and clearly engage in these activities on property that is not university property.

  • What happens if a visitor violates the tobacco policy?

    We expect visitors to the campus to comply with campus policy. You may inform a visitor of the policy and its importance to the campus. Reports of violations by visitors may be made to the Office of the Student Services at: URL, physical location and phone.

  • Will the campus or city police be responsible for enforcing the tobacco policy?

    No.

  • How will the new policy be enforced?

    The policy states that enforcement will depend upon the cooperation of all faculty, staff, and students not only to comply with this policy but also to encourage others to comply with this policy in order to promote a healthy environment in which to work, study, and live. Accordingly, tobacco users are expected to voluntarily comply with the policy. Anyone who observes a possible violation may courteously and without confrontation inform the individual of the tobacco-free policy and attempt to offer an information card. The card outlines the tobacco-free campus policy. 

  • What are the consequences for violating the policy?

    Great efforts will be made to ensure faculty, staff and students are aware of the new policy. Individuals who knowingly violate the policy will be referred to the appropriate campus administrative unit for appropriate administrative action.

  • Can a smoker smoke tobacco-free cigarettes?

    You are expected to comply with the policy. By using tobacco-free cigarettes you will be perceived to not be complying with the policy.

  • Can visitors smoke on our campus?

    No. Visitors may not smoke on IU Northwest property.

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