Smoking Policy

Calvin Theological Seminary joins with the American College Health Association in supporting the findings of the Surgeon General that tobacco use in any form, active and passive, is a significant health hazard. Calvin Theological Seminary further recognizes that second-hand smoke has been classified as a Group A carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Calvin Theological Seminary’s intent is to respect the rights of smokers and nonsmokers while accomplishing the following: reducing exposure to second-hand smoke, providing an environment supportive of tobacco-free lifestyles, reducing the risk of accidental fire, and reducing environmental impact of cigarette litter.

Therefore, in order to protect the health, safety, and comfort of seminary students, employees, and visitors, it is the policy of Calvin Theological Seminary to prohibit smoking in facilities and grounds owned, leased, or rented by the seminary, with the following exceptions: smoking will be permitted in designated areas clearly marked by cigarette butt receptacles and arrows strategically placed to indicate smoking areas. This policy relies on the consideration and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers. Where the needs of smokers and non-smokers conflict, smoke-free air shall have priority.

All members of the Calvin Theological Seminary community, including visitors, are asked to observe this policy. The offices of Housing Director and Dean of Students will deal with student violations.

(Faculty Minute #6925a., 03/07/03)