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Title 478 WAC – University of Washington


Chapter 478–136 WAC: Use of University of Washington Facilities

WAC 478–136–035: No smoking policy for university facilities.


(1) The University of Washington is committed to maintaining a safe and healthful work and educational environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Accordingly, the University of Washington establishes the following no smoking policy, consistent with chapter 70.160 RCW (I-901), to protect individuals from exposure to second-hand smoke in their university-associated environments and to protect life and property against fire hazards.

  (a) Except as provided in subsection (1)(b) and (c) of this section, smoking of all kinds is prohibited in all university facilities, including, but not limited to, vehicles, inside all buildings owned, occupied, or managed by the university and/or used by the university's faculty, staff, students, or visitors, and at any outside areas or locations, including, but not limited to, bus shelters, benches, and walkways.

  (b) Smoking, while not permitted in on-campus residence halls, may be permitted in a limited portion of designated university student housing in accordance with smoking regulations established for those facilities by the vice-president and vice-provost for student life, the appropriate chancellor, or their designees.

  (c) Smoking may be permitted in specific designated outdoor locations approved by the director of environmental health and safety as smoking areas in accordance with chapter 70.160 RCW and published on the environmental health and safety web site. Signage also identifies the designated locations.

(2) Violations of the university no smoking policy are subject to enforcement by the University of Washington police department or other jurisdictional law enforcement agencies with regulatory responsibility. In addition, any student, staff, or faculty member who violates the university no smoking policy may be subject to disciplinary action.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130. 10-13-098, § 478-136-035, filed 6/17/10, effective 7/18/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and chapter 70.160 RCW. 07-03-136, § 478-136-035, filed 1/23/07, effective 2/23/07.]