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800.12 - No Smoking

University Group Policy #800.12

I.  Policy Statement

In order to promote a safer and more healthful working and learning environment, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has adopted the following smoking policy, in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes 130A-491 et. seq., as it may be amended from time to time.

II.    Guidelines

Smoking Prohibited

The smoking of tobacco or substitute tobacco products, including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, pipes and cigars, is prohibited in all university buildings including residence halls, in any university-owned or operated motor vehicle, within 50 feet of any university owned or operated bulk fuel storage site, and within 100 linear feet of any entrance to any university building. In all cases, the right of a nonsmoker to protect his or her health and comfort will take precedence over the desire of another person to smoke.


WSSU will post signs about the policy appropriately throughout campus. “No Smoking” signs shall be placed in various locations within the university grounds to include in close proximity of fuel storage sites. In addition, any outdoor area, including permissible smoking areas, shall be deemed a “No Smoking” area if and when an individual that occupies the area objects to exposure to second hand smoke, including the by-products of any electronic cigarette device. Upon the objection, the area will temporarily be deemed a prohibited smoking area for the purposes of enforcing this policy.

III.    Roles and Responsibilities


All faculty, staff, and students are responsible for adhering to and enforcing this policy. The Department of Public Safety is also authorized to give citations to anyone who violates this policy.

Any conflicts should be brought to the attention of the immediate supervisor or appropriate staff. Employees, both smokers and non-smokers, may also request the assistance of the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Director to address compliance with this policy. When consulted, the EHS Director will address the problem with the workplace supervisor and advise on possible accommodations, with the rights of the nonsmoker taking priority over the rights of the smoker.

IV.     Applicability

This policy is applicable to the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

V.    Compliance

Disciplinary Action

For employees, smoking in violation of this policy is considered a personal conduct issue and is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment for employees. Students in violation of this policy will be subject to sanctions in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, as it may be amended from time to time.

Responsible Division: Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Adopted April 6, 2001
  • Amended December 14, 2007
  • Amended June 6, 2014
  • Amended June 17, 2016