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The Policy

Tobacco- and Smoke-Free Campus Policy

To promote the health and well-being of all those who live, work and study at Bay Path University, beginning July 1, 2018, the University is a designated tobacco- and smoke-free campus. For the purpose of this policy, “tobacco” refers to any and all tobacco products, whether inhaled or ingested, smoke-producing or not, including but not limited to electronic cigarettes and water pipes/bongs/hookahs. The use of tobacco and smoke-emitting products is prohibited everywhere on campus, inside buildings and throughout University-owned, leased or rented properties. This policy applies to everyone and anyone on campus, including students, staff, faculty, vendors, contractors and visitors.

  • The use of tobacco is prohibited in all buildings and vehicles owned or leased/rented by Bay Path University, regardless of location.
  • The use of tobacco is prohibited on all University grounds and in any outdoor area controlled by the University. This includes all University land, parking lots, athletics fields and recreational areas.
  • The use of tobacco is prohibited inside any vehicle located on University grounds.
  • When any person enters the grounds of the University, any and all smoking material shall be extinguished and disposed of in an appropriate receptacle at the perimeter of the grounds of the University.
  • Sales or distribution of tobacco and smoke-emitting products is prohibited.
    Advertising of tobacco and smoke-emitting products is prohibited, except third-party media.
  • Bay Path is drug-free campus and policies pertaining to the possession, distribution and use of marijuana remain in effect, consistent with state law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Compliance and Enforcement

All University employees, students, visitors, guests, and contractors are required to comply with this policy, which shall remain in effect at all times. Refusal or failure to comply with this policy shall be cause for disciplinary action in accordance with employee and student conduct policies. Refusal or failure to comply with the policy by visitors, guests, and contractors, shall result in citations by Campus Public Safety and shall be grounds for removal from campus.

Consistent with applicable law, signage will be placed in certain strategic locations at the University indicating the prohibition of tobacco and smoke-emitting products. Students, faculty, and staff will be provided with information and educational materials about the health and safety concerns related to tobacco and smoking, as well as resources to aid in smoking cessation. More information about cessation is available for students in Health Services and for employees in Human Resources.


  • The possession, distribution and use of tobacco products in laboratory and classroom instruction/experiments, or for artistic purposes. All research, educational, and/or artistic purposes that involve the use of tobacco on campus must be approved in writing by the Provost or the Provost’s designee in advance of seeking IRB approval. Such use must be preceded by reasonable advance notice to the public.
  • Any exceptions for religious, ceremonial or cultural activities must have prior written approval by the Vice Provost and Chief Educational Compliance Officer.
  • Medical exceptions for students and guests must be approved in advance and in writing by the Director of Health Services and for employees by the Assistant Vice President and Director of Human Resources.
  • Procedures for accommodating students and employees with disabilities remain in effect consistent with the University’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act