Definitions and Exceptions


  • Faculty – All UE faculty, including those holding adjunct status.
  • Staff – All UE administration and staff.
  • Students – All UE students, including those classified as undergraduate, graduate, full-time, part-time, bridge, exchange, and Fulbright.
  • Vendors – Any personnel who comes onto campus to provide goods and services including speakers, entertainment, dining services, housekeeping, pest management, cable and laundry services, and all other contracted services.
  • Visitors – Any individuals visiting the campus including prospective students, families, guests of community members, conference attendees, or anyone that participates in an event or activity on campus.
  • Legal rights – Employers have a legal right to reduce or eliminate smoking and the use of tobacco products on their property. People who smoke do not have the right to violate an employer's tobacco-free environment policy.
  • Smoking – A lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lighted smoking devices carried by a person including electronic smoking devices and/or electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarette products.
  • Tobacco – Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including and not limited to, cigarettes (e.g., clove, bidis, flavored cigarettes, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spit-less smokeless chew, snuff, and dissolvable tobacco products) and nasal tobacco. It also includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contain tobacco flavoring or deliver nicotine. This does not include cessation products specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Electronic Smoking Device (Also known as an electronic nicotine delivery system) – Any product containing or delivering nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person to simulate smoking though inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the product. The term includes any such device, whether they are manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, e-hookah, or vape pen, or under any other product name or descriptor.
  • Campus or Grounds – The use of these terms represents any and all properties owned or leased by the University.


Tobacco use may be permitted for the following reasons:

  • For controlled research with prior approval of the Institutional Research Board and the review and recommendation of the Office of Risk and Environmental Management.
  • For religious ceremonial purposes with prior approval of the Office of Spiritual Formation and the review and recommendation of the Office of Risk and Environmental Management.