Smoking Policy

Title: Smoking Policy
Policy Owner: Department of Human Resources
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students, Others
Campus Applicability: All Campuses, except UConn Health
Approval Date: October 25, 2023
Effective Date: October 25, 2023
For More Information, Contact: Department of Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034 or
Official Website:


The University of Connecticut is committed to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment that is free of tobacco products, environmental tobacco smoke, and other smoking-related by-products. In keeping with this commitment, and in compliance with Connecticut General Statutes §§ 31-40q(d) 19a-342 and 19a-342a, tobacco use and/or smoking of any kind, including e-cigarettes and vape pens is prohibited as set forth below.


All University employees, students, visitors, guests, and contractors are required to comply with this policy.


Smoking[1]: For the purposes of this policy, “smoking” includes the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), vape pens, and similar products.


Smoking (including vaping) is prohibited:

  1. In all University owned or leased buildings, facilities, and vehicles.
  2. Within 25 feet of all campus buildings, including residence halls.

The University will post signage communicating these prohibitions within 10 feet of all building entries.


Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the Student Code.

Individuals in management or supervisory roles are responsible for communicating the policy to their employees and enforcing the policy in their respective area(s). If an individual refuses to comply with this policy after being warned by the appropriate University officials, then actions should be taken as follows:

  • Student violations: Contact the Office of Community Standards.

Phone: 860-486-8402

  • Employee violations: Contact the Employee Relations/Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations

Phone: 860-486-5684

  • Contractor violations: Contact University Business Services at 860-486-2619

No person who reports a violation of this policy or who furnishes information concerning a violation of this policy shall be retaliated against in any manner.


Policy adopted: June 7, 2016
Revisions: October 16, 2023

[1] As a recipient of federal funding, the University is required to prohibit the use and/or possession of all federally controlled substances, including marijuana.