Human Resources Manual

Policy No.: 8-6 This policy applies to:
Policy Name: Tobacco Free Policy Non-exempt staff
Effective Date: 08/01/2015  Exempt staff
Revised: 01/20/2019   Faculty



Loyola University New Orleans acknowledges and supports the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active and passive and including vaping/the use of e-cigs, is a significant health hazard (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). In light of these health risks, and in support of a safe and healthy learning and working environment, Loyola University New Orleans has set the following Tobacco Free Community Policy:

  1. The use of any tobacco product in any form is prohibited on all Loyola University New Orleans facilities and property.
  2. Tobacco is defined to include any lighted or unlighted cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks), e- cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookah products, any other smoking product; as well as any smokeless, spit or spitless, dissolvable, or inhaled tobacco products, including but not limited to dip, chew, snuff, or snus, in any form (orbs, sticks, strips, pellets, etc.).
  3. The sale of tobacco products or tobacco-related merchandise (including items that display tobacco company logos) is prohibited in and on all university-owned property and at all university-sponsored events, regardless of the vendor.
  4. The free distribution or sampling of tobacco products and associated products is prohibited on all university-owned and leased property and at university-sponsored events, regardless of venue. Additionally, Tobacco industry and related company sponsorship of campus events, including athletic events and athletes, is prohibited.

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It is mandatory that all faculty, staff, students, and all other individuals affiliated with Loyola University New Orleans follow the measures of this Tobacco Free Community Policy. As per the Faculty Handbook, Staff Handbook and Student Code of Conduct those in violation of University policies are subject to appropriate corrective measures, including disciplinary action.


It is the responsibility of supervisors to facilitate and enforce compliance among all employees under their supervision or contract managers to ensure temporary and permanent contract employees comply with this Tobacco Free Community Policy. All members of the Loyola University New Orleans community are expected to identify and address those in violation of the Tobacco Free Community Policy. 

Consequences for Policy Violation

Sanctions for students will be addressed through the student conduct process by the Office of Student Affairs; staff, by their supervisor; and faculty, by the dean of their college. Consequences of violating the Tobacco Free Community Policy could include but are not limited to verbal warning, written documentation/ warning for both employees and students, and/or a fine of $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, and $150 for all subsequent offenses. Fines can be issued by the Loyola University Police Department when they observe violations of this Tobacco Free Community Policy or by Student Conduct when the violation involves a student.

Policy and Procedure Review

In accordance with the applicable law and Loyola University New Orleans Policy, any individual can voice objections to potential violations of this Tobacco Free Community Policy in an appropriate manner without fear of retaliation. This policy and procedure will be reviewed annually.