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Policy & Compliance

Compliance is everyone’s business. The goal of this policy to to achieve voluntary compliance through policy promotion, cessation support and community engagement. All members of Bentley share the responsibility of adhering to and encouraging compliance with the policy

Everyone Can Play a Role in the Success of this Policy

This smoke-free policy is a community health initiative. We are all responsible for implementing and enforcing it. It is important that we all work together to promote good health and support a smoke-free environment.

Ideally we hope to achieve voluntary compliance with the smoke-free policy with the help of our Bentley community. We know there are challenges associated with the enforcement of this policy; however, similar to all university policies, we each have a responsibility to comply. The university has worked with representatives from our faculty, staff and student communities to ensure that input from each of these groups was taken into account before policy implementation.

If you see someone smoking on campus, you are encouraged to remind people of the initiative (if you feel comfortable doing so). Please be friendly and respectful in speaking about the policy. The person may not know we have a policy in place. 

Tips for Managers

Prior to the policy effective date, please become familiar with the policy and cessation resources. Check in with any direct reports who smoke to see how you can support them. Managers can request a group presentation about the policy, compliance, and cessation resources by emailing

Kindly remind direct reports and others that there could be consequences for not following the policy and ask how you could help them come up with a plan to manage their use, cut back or quit altogether.

Reporting Hot Spots

Observers can play an important role in the implementation and compliance of this policy. If you notice any "hot spots" where there is continued evidence of cigarette litter or areas of repeated non-compliance, please email Reporting this can assist with policy compliance and assessment.

Bentley University is committed to protecting the health and safety of university faculty, staff, students and visitors, and to creating a healthier and cleaner campus environment.  According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, smoking and secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who smoke and who do not smoke.  Given these commitments, and an understanding of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, smoking on Bentley University owned and operated property is prohibited.

DEFINITION: For the purposes of this policy, smoking is defined as the use of smoke-producing tobacco products such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaping, cigars, cigarillos, mini-cigars, and hookah. E-Cigarette use or vaping is defined by the use of electronic smoking devices or electronic nicotine delivery systems.

FDA-approved cessation aids, such as nicotine patches and gum, are not included in this category.

Policy Statement

Smoking (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, and any other smoke-producing tobacco products) by students, faculty, staff, guests, visitors, and contractors is prohibited on all properties owned or leased by campus, including (but not limited to):

  • all interior space on campus and property leased by the university
  • all outside property or grounds on the university campus, including areas such as walkways, breezeways, patios, and parking lots - including all vehicles
  • all outside property leased by the university
  • all vehicles leased or owned by the university
  • all indoor and outdoor athletic facilities


All university employees, students, visitors, guests and contractors are required to comply with this policy, which remains in effect at all times. Refusal to comply with this policy may be cause for disciplinary action in accordance with employee and student conduct policies. Refusal to comply with the policy by visitors, guests and contractors may be grounds for removal from campus.