Tobacco-Free Campus

Approved by:  Human Resources

History:  September 1, 2010 | Revised: October 9, 2012 | May 2022

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For Questions Contact:  Human Resources | 651.690.6565 |

Purpose:  The purpose of this document is to describe the tobacco free campus policy and to provide guidelines for the implementation of this policy at St. Catherine University. The Policy is applicable to all University campus facilities, grounds, university vehicles, and employee work spaces, and applies to all persons, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, outside contractors and the general public.

St. Catherine University is dedicated to providing a healthy and comfortable environment for students, employees and visitors. Therefore, everyone shares the responsibility to adhere to and enforce the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy. Use of tobacco products is defined as the act of lighting, smoking, holding or carrying a lit or smoldering cigar, cigarette or pipe of any kind and using smoke less tobacco. The use of tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, or other tobacco products) is prohibited at all times.
  • In all space owned, rented or leased by St. Catherine University;
  • on all outside property or grounds of the University; athletic fields;
  • in all vehicles owned or leased by the University;
  • in private vehicles while they are on University grounds; and
  • at University sponsored educational events and conferences/conferences, on or off campus sites.

Recognizing the sacred relationship that exists between tobacco and American Indian ceremonial activities and beliefs, the Tobacco Free Policy does not apply to specific activities when tobacco is used in connection with the practice of cultural activities including those of American Indians that are in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C.  sections 1996 and 1996a.  All ceremonial use must be approved in advance by the appropriate Vice President of the University or that individual’s designee.  

The complete Tobacco Free Campus policy can be accessed here or on the St. Kate’s Faculty & Staff page underneath “University Policies”.

Violation of this policy is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and University campus policy and may result in disciplinary measures that, depending upon the circumstances and at the sole discretion of the University, may include verbal or written warnings, a monetary fine, probation, suspension or expulsion.  These disciplinary measures do not constitute an exclusive list of possible actions and may be taken in any order.