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CWUP 2-40-180 Smoking in Public Places

The Washington Clean Indoor Air Act of 1985 requires that there be no smoking in public places except in designated areas. Under the terms of the law, "smoke" or "smoking" means "carrying or smoking of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other lighted smoking equipment." "Public places" means "that portion of any building or vehicle used by and open to the public regardless of whether the building or vehicle is owned in whole or in part by private persons or entities, the state of Washington, or other public entity, and regardless of whether a fee is charged for admission."

It shall be the policy of Central Washington University to prohibit smoking in public places on campus or on any off-campus site for which the university is directly responsible or for which it is legally accountable except in designated areas. This includes any off-campus site which has been leased or rented for public use under the name of the university.

For the purposes of this policy, the list of public places includes, but is not limited to: elevators, transportation facilities which are transporting members of the general public, museums, concert halls, theaters, auditoriums, exhibition halls or galleries, indoor sport arenas, the health care facility, the university retail store, classrooms, ticket areas, public hearing facilities, meeting rooms where members of the public are expected to be in attendance, hallways, public restrooms, libraries, dining rooms, office reception areas, waiting areas, lobbies, lecture halls, and office areas which have walls of modular construction of less than full ceiling height or are without a door.

The president of the university may designate smoking areas provided that such designation is permissible under the law. The university is not required to incur any expense or make structural or other physical modifications providing designated smoking areas. No public place under the control of the university may be designated as a smoking area in its entirety.

In all designated smoking areas, existing physical barriers and ventilation systems shall be used to minimize the toxic effect of smoke in adjacent nonsmoking areas.

The university will make every reasonable effort to prohibit smoking in public places by posting signs prohibiting or permitting smoking as appropriate. Signs shall be posted conspicuously on each building entrance. The boundary between a smoking area and a nonsmoking area shall be clearly designated so that persons may differentiate between the two areas. This policy is not intended to regulate smoking within a private enclosed workplace even though such a workplace may be visited by nonsmokers, excepting places in which smoking is prohibited by the state fire marshal or by other law, ordinance, or regulation.

Persons intentionally violating the law by smoking in a public place not designated as a smoking area or any person removing, defacing or destroying a sign posted under this policy are subject to a civil fine. All such infractions shall be assessed in the same manner as traffic infractions, with certain modifications described in the law.

Each area administrator vice president (or equivalent) shall recommend possible designated smoking areas to the president. All due consideration of allowances and limitations contained within the law shall be made.

The list of areas recommended to be "designated areas" shall be approved by the president. The list of approved "designated areas" shall be examined and evaluated at appropriate intervals for continuing validity and utility.

Area administrators shall be responsible for instructing those persons known to be responsible for any off-campus site in the intent of the law and shall assist in every reasonable way in carrying out the university's responsibility regarding such off-campus sites.

The office of the physical plant shall be responsible for the procurement, posting, and maintenance of appropriate signs as required by law.

[PAC: 9/25/85 Reviewed/Endorsed by: Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 06/06/2012; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]