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Health & Safety


Carleton College recognizes that using tobacco products is harmful to the health of tobacco users and that exposure to second-hand smoke poses a health risk to non-smokers. The College complies with all applicable state and federal regulations pertaining to smoking.

The College acknowledges that smoking is a personal choice and that some students, faculty and staff choose to smoke.

The College is committed to providing educational programs to assist its students and employees in making healthy lifestyle choices.

Public Spaces and Private Offices

Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes (which includes vapes, pens, hookah, etc.) is prohibited in all indoor public spaces, including but not limited to: all classrooms, lounges, bathrooms, vending areas, hallways, indoor athletic facilities, dining halls and social spaces such as Sayles-Hill “Great Space” and The Cave. Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is also prohibited in private offices. There are designated smoking areas outdoors.

Residential Living Spaces

Smoking and use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in all residential facilities including student rooms, restrooms, lounges, hallways, and stairwells.

All entrances, exits, ground floor windows, and areas around air intake vents of campus buildings are to be smoke free. To prevent the problem of building entryways from becoming smoke-filled, those who smoke must be at least 50 feet from the entrance. This policy is concurrent with Minnesota law.

Student Violations

Students who violate any aspect of the smoking policy will receive a disciplinary sanction which may include removal from residential living or suspension from the college and a fine up to $150. 

Minimum fines may include:

  • First Violation: $25 fine/per person
  • Second violation: $75 fine/per person and possible additional sanctions
  • Third violation: $150 fine/per person and possible additional sanctions

In addition, all first time violations of illegal smoke will be placed on Residential Life probation for one calendar year. Any student found in violation of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy (e.g., marijuana) may also be found in violation of the smoking policy. Other additional sanctions; written warning, reflection statement, impact paper of marijuana use or change on their potential career path, etc.

Smoking Policy adopted February 1996.

Approved by College Council, May 2002. Approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees June 2002.

Revision approved by College Council February 23, 2004. Approved by the Board of Trustees June 2004.

Reviewed and updated August 2011.

Last revised August 1, 2011
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Last Reviewed: Aug 15th, 2019

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