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Tobacco-Free Policy

For Faculty, Staff, Students, Visitors, Contractors, and Guests

Widener University is dedicated to providing and promoting a healthy and productive environment for its faculty, staff, students, visitors, contractors and guests. The Tobacco-Free Policy adopted by the university in May of 2009 is consistent with that goal. By endorsing this policy, Widener University demonstrates its commitment to eliminating environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure, promoting best healthcare practices and choices for individuals, and establishing a university culture of wellness.

This policy applies to all university faculty, staff, students, visitors, contractors and guests at all times. Tobacco use includes any lighted tobacco product and/or any oral tobacco product. The use of tobacco products is prohibited within the boundaries of the university’s four campuses. The prohibited areas within each of the campuses boundaries include all buildings, facilities, indoor and outdoor spaces and grounds owned, rented and licensed by the university. This policy also applies to parking lots, walkways, sidewalks, sports venues, university vehicles and private vehicles parked or operated on university property.

The boundaries on the Harrisburg campus are generally described as all of the property bounded by Thea Drive to the south, both sides of Vartan Way going north, including the parking lot, buildings, basketball/tennis courts and the surrounding land. Also included in the tobacco-free boundaries is the Maintenance complex on Progress Avenue.