State law prohibits smoking within and near buildings that are the property of the State of Kansas. Kansas Board of Regents and university policies prohibit the sale of tobacco products in facilities owned or operated by the University of Kansas and its affiliated corporations. This policy sets forth the university’s restrictions on the use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, and complies with the requirements of Kansas law and related policies.
Faculty, staff, students and visitors of the Lawrence and Edwards campuses and all other university sites reporting to the Lawrence campus.
Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, and tobacco use are not permitted in any Lawrence campus or Edwards campus building, in the facilities of the KU Public Management Center in Topeka, or in other university sites reporting to the Lawrence campus. Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, and tobacco use also are prohibited in the Kansas and Burge Unions, the Adams Alumni Center, and the facilities of the KU Center for Research, Inc. (KUCR).
In Memorial Stadium, smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, and tobacco use are prohibited. It is also prohibited in the press box, concourses, and all seating areas.
All facilities operated by Student Housing are smoke free.
No smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, or tobacco use is permitted within twenty feet of any part of any campus building, including overhangs, or within twenty feet of air intakes. Smoke must not drift through opened windows or doors. If buildings have an “overhang,” the twenty-foot radius is measured from the outside perimeter of the “overhang.” Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, and tobacco use also are prohibited in any other outdoor areas where “No Smoking” signs are posted.
Complaints or reports regarding smoking and tobacco use as well as suggestions or complaints regarding smoke-free buildings should be brought to the attention of the Department of Human Resources, (785) 864-4946.
Use of chewing tobacco and snuff is allowed for student residents in facilities operated by Student Housing. All KU Student Housing buildings are smoke-free. Smoking—including the use of electronic cigarettes or any device or product which simulates or approximates smoking—is not permitted in buildings operated by KU Student Housing.
Persons who violate the provisions of K.S.A. 21-4009 through 21-4014 may be guilty of a cigarette or tobacco infraction punishable by fines ranging from $100.00 to $500.00.
Individuals may also be subject to appropriate disciplinary action as an employee or as a student for violating the provisions of this University policy.
The university will not discharge, refuse to hire or retaliate against an employee, applicant or customer for reporting or attempting to prosecute a violation of these state statutes.
Department of Human Resources
103 Carruth-O’Leary Hall
1246 W. Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
Tobacco use: includes smoking, chewing tobacco, or using tobacco products such as snuff.
An electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette), electronic vaping device, personal vaporizer (PV), or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is a battery-powered device which simulates tobacco smoking. It generally uses a heating element that vaporizes a liquid solution. Some solutions contain a mixture of nicotine and flavorings, while others release a flavored vapor without nicotine. Many are designed to simulate smoking implements, such as cigarettes or cigars, in their use and/or appearance, while others are considerably different in appearance.
02/17/2016: Revised section on exclusions for KU Student Housing to reflect the prohibition of e-cigarettes in alignment with KU Student Housing policy change effective August 2015.
11/25/2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).
03/12/2014: Updated to include electronic cigarettes.
05/24/2013: Updated to add language prohibiting smoking within Memorial Stadium.
10/03/2012: Updated to reflect changes in contact information.
09/07/2010: Approved by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter.
07/01/2010: Revised to reflect a change in state law effective July 1, 2010.
05/08/2008: Policy updated.
07/05/2002: Policy updated.
09/28/2000: Policy updated.
07/01/1993: Policy implemented.