Skip to main content area Skip to institutional navigation Skip to sub-navigation

College-wide Policies

Smoking Policy

Colorado College is committed to providing an environment for students, faculty, staff, contractors, and guests that is conducive to learning, healthy, and comfortable. Therefore, the college will maintain balance between affording non-smokers with protection from involuntary exposure to environmental smoking and expectations that may be perceived as attempts to manage the conduct and the choice of smokers. Given that philosophy and the college’s compliance with the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, the college prohibits smoking in all college-owned, -leased or -operated buildings, and building entrances. For the purposes of this policy, references to smoking include the use of marijuana and all tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, bidis, or kreteks, also called clove cigarettes). Although the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act does not address smokeless tobacco, the college encourages all members of its community to consider the potential health risks of using such products.

Responsible office
Finance & Administration
Responsible party
Vice president for student life/Dean of students; Vice president for finance and administration
Last revision
August 2013
Approved by
The Cabinet
Approval date
August 2013
Effective date
August 2013
Last review
August 2013
Additional references


All financial and administrative policies involving community members across campus are within the scope of this policy. If there is variance between departmental expectations and the common approach described through college policy, the college will look to the campus community to support the spirit and the objectives of college policy.


Authorities delegated and retained/administrative responsibility

The president of the college delegates administration of the college’s smoke-free environment policy to the dean for student life and the vice president for finance and administration.

Limiting  exposure to tobacco smoke

Smoking is prohibited in entryways and all enclosed areas:

  • Classrooms, auditoriums, work areas, private offices, conference and meeting rooms,   lounges and cafeterias, hallways, medical facilities, restrooms, elevators, stairs and stairwells
  • Vehicles owned, leased or provided by the college

Smoking products of all types is prohibited in the following outdoor areas:

  • The seating and parking areas of outdoor sports centers or fields and other venues where members of the general public assemble to witness entertainment events
  • The Cabin
  • The Baca

Preserving the integrity of this policy

Members of our campus community, as well as our guests, are expected to observe the provisions of this policy; organizers of events held on campus must advise participants of the college’s policy while community member are encouraged to report concerns to Campus Safety.

Campus Safety ensures that persons smoking on campus are advised or reminded of the college’s smoking policy.

If an infraction occurs: students will be referred to the appropriate student conduct office as non-compliance with this policy is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct; faculty, staff and contractors failing to abide by the expectations of this policy will be referred to their immediate supervisors or managers for appropriate action; guests will be required to leave campus if they refuse to comply with the expectations of this policy once advised. 




Indoor areas:

the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act defines but does not limit indoor areas to the following:

  • Public places and buildings such as elevators, restrooms, theaters, museums, libraries, schools, educational institutions, retirement facilities, and nursing homes
  • Lobbies, reception areas, hallways, and any other common-use areas
  • Any place of employment not exempted
  • Restaurants, bars, limited gaming facilities, billiard or pool halls, bowling alleys, grocery stores, and any food-service establishment
  • Indoor sports arena, gymnasiums, and auditoriums
  • Health-care facilities, hospitals, health-care clinics, doctor’s offices, and child day-care facilities
  • No less than 75 percent of hotel or motel sleeping quarters rented to guests
  • Jury waiting and deliberation rooms, courtrooms, and public meetings
  • Government-owned mass transportation of any kind


the outside of the front or main doorway leading into a building. Entryways also include the area of a public or private property within a specified radius outside the doorway. The specified radius shall be determined by the local authority or, if the local authority has not acted, the specified radius shall be 15 feet.