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955 Tobacco, Vapor, and Smoke Free Campus

Authority: Approved by the Board of Trustees
Last updated on: December 09, 2022

955.1 Overview of Policy

​Indiana State University is committed to the health and wellness of its students, faculty, and staff. This commitment is demonstrated by the Student Health Promotion and Campus Recreation programs coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs by the efforts of the Employee Assistance Program coordinated through the Office of Human Resources, and by curricula and activities in several academic units throughout the University.

Documented research has substantiated the health problems caused by electronic smoking devices, hookah, smoking, tobacco products, and passive smoke. The General Assembly of the State of Indiana adopted the Indiana Clean Indoor Air Law which is applicable to all state entities in order to address concern for the health and wellness of all Indiana government employees and students. This law sets forth minimum standards but allows state agencies to adopt more stringent rules if desired. Both the City of Terre Haute and Vigo County have passed ordinances that prohibit or limit smoking in public places and places of employment. The U.S. government has enacted restrictions on the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other devices in recognition of the health risks associated with smoke and tobacco products.

955.2 Definitions

955.2.1 “Electronic Smoking Device” means any product containing or delivering nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person in any manner for the purpose of inhaling vapor or aerosol from the product. The term includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, e-hookah, or vape pen, or under any other product name or descriptor.

955.2.2 “Hookah” means a water pipe and any associated products and devices used to produce fumes, smoke, and/or vapor from the burning of material, including but not limited to, tobacco, shisha, or other plant matter.

955.2.3 “Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, hookah, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, including marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. “Smoking” also includes the use of an electronic smoking device, which creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this Policy.

955.2.4 “Tobacco Product” means any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, clove cigarettes, or any other preparation of tobacco; and any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amounts of nicotine that is manufactured, sold, offered for sale, or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product or matter will be introduced into the human body by inhalation; but does not include any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.

955.3 Prohibition of Sales

The sale of electronic smoking devices, hookah, smoking and tobacco products is prohibited on university-owned, operated, or leased property

955.4 Prohibition of Electronic Smoking Devices, Hookah, Smoking, and Tobacco Products Use

The use of electronic smoking devices, hookah, smoking, and tobacco products is prohibited on university-owned, operated, or leased property.

955.4.1 Exception for Private Vehicles. The use of legal electronic smoking devices, hookah, smoking, and/or tobacco products is permitted in the enclosed cabin of privately owned vehicles.

955.4.2 Exception for Inhaler Devices for Medical Use. Legal use of an inhaler device for medical purposes is not prohibited.

955.4.3 Other Exceptions. Any other exceptions for the use of electronic smoking devices, hookah, smoking, and/or tobacco products on university-owned, operated, or leased property will be limited to specific university-sponsored research in a controlled laboratory setting.

955.5 Enforcement

Enforcement of this policy will depend on the cooperation of all faculty, staff, and students not only to comply with the policy, but also to encourage others to comply, in order to promote a healthy environment in which to work, study, and live. Peer ambassadors can assist with enforcement by providing policy education and connection to cessation resources to persons who violate the policy.

955.6 Violations

Policy violations may be reported to the ISU Police Department. ISU Police will forward alleged policy violations by employees to the Office of Human Resources for potential disciplinary action under Policy 562. Information about student violations of the policy will be referred to the Dean of Students for potential disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct.

Related Information

Policy Administrator:
Office of Finance and Administration
Policy Contact:
Employee Relations
Rankin Hall Room 300
(812) 237-4120
Procedures and Standards:
Related Policies and Information:
Employee Relations Forms and Policies
Policy History:
Policy 955 was approved by the ISU Board of Trustees on June 20, 2008. Policy 955 was modified and approved by the Board of Trustees on May 8, 2020 and is effective July 1, 2020. Modifications were approved by the Board of Trustees on December 9, 2022.