Smoke-Free Campus FAQs

What is Sacred Heart University’s smoking policy?
The complete Smoke-Free Policy is available here.

When does the policy take effect?
The smoking policy took effect on January 1, 2012.
Are there any designated smoking areas?
Yes. Please click here for maps of the designated smoking areas which include areas near Scholars Commons, Seton and Merton Halls, Christian Witness Commons, South Parking Lot and Roncalli Hall.
Smoking is also allowed in private (non-University owned or leased) vehicles which are closed and do not expose others to second-hand smoke.
Whom does the policy affect?
The policy applies to all students, employees, visitors and vendors including outside groups who rent space on the SHU campus.
Does this policy judge or exclude smokers?
A no-smoking rule is not a “no-smoker” rule. The Policy does not judge or exclude people who choose to smoke, but rather it requires that smokers do not use tobacco on campus where it can impact others.
Are there programs or resources available at SHU to provide smokers with cessation support?
Yes. Smoking-cessation programs are available for both students and employees. 
Student Cessation Programs
The “smokestoppers” program, which will be offered on-campus, is designed specifically for students and has helped more than 6,500 students in Connecticut stop using tobacco. Smokestoppers kicks off at SHU on Monday, October 17, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. For more information or to ask questions, please contact the Wellness Center at 203-371-7955.
Employee Cessation Programs
Open to All Employees:
Ceridian Lifeworks “I Can Quit” Program
Provides telephone and online counseling for tobacco cessation, and is available 24/7, Information/Contact:  888-267-8126 
Open to all Aetna members:
Aetna Healthy Lifestyle Coaching
Provides telephone counseling and an eight-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
Information/Contact:  Get started at Log in with your Aetna Navigator® user name and password or create one. 
Aetna Online-Only Cessation Support
Information/Contact: Get started at Log in with your Aetna Navigator® user name and password or create one. 
Additional Cessation Resources
Connecticut Quitline is a smoking cessation telephone service that provides information and counseling about tobacco use. Callers can phone (866) 363-4224 (866-END-HABIT) Monday-Sunday: 8am-3am. Written materials are also sent to callers, based on their readiness to quit. Callers who are ready to quit smoking and are interested in further telephone based service will receive up to 5 telephone counseling sessions and a Quit Kit containing informational and supportive materials that help deal with the effects of smoking cessation. Information on tobacco use and smoking cessation can be downloaded at the Free & Clear website:
What should I do if I see someone smoking on campus outside of the designated areas?
All members of the SHU community share a responsibility for reinforcing the policy with visitors and their fellow students and employees, who should be politely reminded that smoking is limited to designated areas on campus. If you are not comfortable approaching someone about the Smoke-Free Policy, employees may speak to their supervisors and students may contact the Dean of Students Office. 
How should managers/supervisors discuss and enforce the Smoke-Free Campus Policy?
Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees follow all Sacred Heart University policies. Supervisors should explain that SHU– in order to provide a safe, clean environment and promote the health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors --no longer permits smoking on its grounds except in designated areas. Employees may smoke in designated areas or in closed, private vehicles and will not be given additional meal or break time for smoking.
For the first violation of the Policy supervisors should remind employees of the policy and its purpose. Failure to stop smoking after this request may be cause for disciplinary action. If an individual employee is found in violation of the policy the supervisor is to follow the normal procedure to address employees who do not adhere to University policy. Please contact the Office of Human Resources for more information.