Concordia University Chicago will become a smoke-free campus beginning on August 1. The policy, which was recently approved by the President’s cabinet, states that “to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus, and to create a cleaner and more sustainable campus environment, the campus of Concordia University Chicago is smoke-free.”

“Smoking” refers to the carrying, smoking, burning, inhaling or exhaling of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, electronic smoking devices (including vaping, e-cigarettes and vaporizers), hookah, cannabis, herbs, leaf-like substances and/or lighted smoking equipment. All forms of smoking are prohibited and may be subject to confiscation and/or disposal.

“We are pleased to be enacting this new smoke-free policy in order to maintain a healthy living and working environment for our University community,” said Concordia-Chicago Dean of Students Kathy Gebhardt. “We have been taking steps toward this decision for some time, and are proud to join the growing number of universities across the country that are choosing to be smoke-free.”

Smoking will be prohibited on all property owned or leased by Concordia University Chicago, including (but not limited to): all interior space on campus; all outside property or grounds owned by the University, including areas such as walkways, parking garage and parking lots, and patios; all vehicles leased or owned by the University; all personal vehicles while on University property; and all indoor and outdoor athletic facilities.

This smoking policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, guests and vendors who visit Concordia University Chicago. Consequences for any violation of this policy include, but are not limited to: warnings, fines, confiscation and/or removal from campus.