UWEC 1105.A, Campus Smoking Guidelines

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Procedure #: UWEC 1105.A


This procedure supports UW-Eau Claire's commitment to a safe and inclusive environment that promotes the wellbeing of all members of the university community. This procedure supports practice directive UWEC 1105, Smoking on Campus


Any individual within a university owned or leased building, facility, or vehicle, or on university owned or leased land.


Campus: means any publicly owned or leased buildings or grounds which compose all or part of UW-Eau Claire.

Employee: means any person who has an active appointment on UW-Eau Claire payroll, paid or unpaid.

Smoking: includes the burning of any type of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other smoking equipment or the use of electronic smoking devices including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, or pipe. 

Student: means any person who is registered for study in UW-Eau Claire for the current academic period. Wisconsin Statute 36.05(11) 


  • Permitted Smoking Areas
  • Consequences for Noncompliance

Permitted Smoking Areas

Per Wisconsin State Statutes and City of Eau Claire ordinances, smoking indoors is prohibited in all UW-Eau Claire buildings. Smoking is prohibited on campus except in the following areas:

  • City-owned streets
  • The following areas:
    • The loading docks at: Brewer/Zorn Arena, Davies Center, Hilltop, Haas Fine Arts (west loading dock), Human Sciences & Services, Maintenance/Central Stores, McIntyre Library, McPhee, and Phillips Hall
    • Hibbard Hall: west end of small parking lot on the north side of the building
    • Chancellors Hall: west side near dumpsters
    • Sutherland Hall: north side at fire pit
    • The shelters east of Towers Hall, north of Horan Hall, south of Sutherland Hall, and south of Putnam Hall

The Chancellor or their designee may:

  • Designate additional permanent smoking areas,
  • Designate temporary smoking areas, and
  • Eliminate existing smoking areas.

Ash receptacles shall be located only where smoking is permitted.

Consequences for Noncompliance

The experience on most campuses is that smoke-free air laws are usually self-enforcing. The majority of the community wants to do the right thing and follow the law. Employees who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge.

In addition, students and employees may be personally liable for consequences, including but not limited to damages resulting from smoking.

Students who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action as specified in UWS Chapter 17 and 18.

Local law enforcement officers have the right to enforce Wisconsin’s smoke-free air law.


Practice Directive UWEC 1105, Smoking on Campus

UW-Eau Claire Employee Wellbeing

Smoke-Free Wisconsin


Procedure Administration

Version NumberV2.0Approval AuthorityVice Chancellor for Finance & AdministrationApproval DateJuly 22, 2020Next Review DateOctober 27, 2024DivisionFinance & AdministrationDepartmentFacilitiesContactDirector of Facilities | facmgt62@uwec.edu

Revision History

VersionRevision DateDescription of ChangeAuthor(s)1.0July 22, 2020Last updated
2.0October 27, 2023Updated to new formatKyran Hamill