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Smoking Policy


To comply with Massachusetts law which prohibits smoking in schools, colleges, classrooms, and generally all working or enclosed areas. Designated smoking areas within buildings are not permitted. Although smoking is allowed in outdoor spaces, there must be no migration of the smoke into the indoor space. The law provides for fines ranging from $100 to $300 for violations. In addition, the local board of health has the authority to revoke the license of a building for repeated violations.


Bentley is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all members of our community. Faculty, students and staff have a right to work in a smoke-free environment. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings of the college. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of buildings. No smoking signs will be posted and visible at the entrance to all workplaces, restrooms and break rooms. Outdoor ashtrays will be located at least 25 feet from building entrances.

1. Outdoor Smoking Areas

Outdoor smoking areas will be established and communicated to all faculty, staff, students and visitors. These designated areas will be at least 25 feet from buildings.

2. Smoking Breaks

For those employees who take smoking breaks, the time taken for these breaks must be deducted from their allotted lunchtime.

3. Assistance to Smokers

Bentley will provide assistance to those who wish to quit smoking, by offering workshops and group program information via Bentley's health plan provider and employee assistance program. Employees may also contact the Try-to-STOP TOBACCO Resource Center at 1-800-TRYTOSTOP, or visit Students should contact the Center for Health and Wellness for assistance with smoking cessation.

4. How to File A Complaint

An employee or any member of the public may file a complaint if Bentley fails to enforce this smoking policy, by contacting the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 1-800-992-1895 or by contacting the local Board of Health/Health Department.

5. Penalties for Policy Violation

Employees who violate this smoking policy will be subject, in addition to the fines, to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Students who violate the policy will be subject to our disciplinary policy.

6. Enforcement

All members of the Bentley community are expected to assist with enforcement of this policy by informing any person smoking in non-designated outdoor smoking areas that smoking is in violation of Bentley policy, and requesting that the person extinguish his/her tobacco product. Persons who refuse to do so should be asked to leave Bentley property. Enforcement of employee corrective action is the responsibility of the manager, in conjunction with Human Resources. The Student Affairs Office through its judicial process will enforce this policy with respect to students.

This policy may be amended at any time.

Updated December 2009