Smoking Policy

It is the policy of Georgetown University to achieve an environment as close to smoke-free as practically possible. The University is concerned about the health and safety of all faculty, staff, students and visitors. Smoke is offensive to many non-smokers, and a significant percentage of faculty, staff and students do not smoke. In accordance with the requirements of the statutory law of the District of Columbia, this policy is intended to protect non-smokers, while recognizing the needs of smokers.

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor locations. In accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia which prohibit smoking in public areas, and in order to ensure the health and safety of residents, smoking is prohibited in all residence hall rooms, apartments, and townhouses, including common areas and private residential spaces. Members of the community who choose to smoke must do so in designated areas outdoors at a distance from the building that does not block entrances, transmit smoke into buildings, or cause others to be exposed to second-hand smoke. Smokers are responsible for disposing of their cigarette ashes and butts appropriately.

The Office of Student Conduct is responsible for ensuring compliance by students. Faculty, staff and students are responsible for enforcing the policy with visitors and are encouraged to direct other to designated smoking areas.

Signs designating "NO Smoking Areas" will be in accordance with District of Columbia law. Signs will be visible in sufficient number and in a manner that gives notice to the public of the policy.