University of Southern California

USC Policy

Administrative and Business Practices

Date issued: March 10, 2014

Smoke Free

    The university reserves the right to prohibit smoking in any locations it controls. Locations where smoking is prohibited include, but are not necessarily limited to, all of the following:

  • Enclosed buildings
  • Designated outdoor dining areas, and within 10 feet of those areas
  • Facilities (parking structures, outdoor areas with canopies, storage sheds, etc.)
  • Vehicles
  • Areas specifically designated as "smoke free" that are owned or leased by the university
  • Any locations during indoor athletic events and other university-sponsored or designated indoor events
  • Two additional sectors on the Health Sciences campus (see Appendix A—Geographic map of "Smoke-free Environment" enforcement boundaries)

"Smoking Prohibited" or "No Smoking" signs will be displayed as appropriate.

The university recognizes the need to accommodate those members of the university community who smoke, so administrative and academic units may designate existing outdoor space as smoking areas. Smoke from these areas must not infringe upon smoke-free areas.

Some outdoor areas are confined spaces or particularly busy thoroughfares; in such cases, administrative and academic units may request Risk Management to designate those outdoor areas as smoke free.

The success of this policy is dependent on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of both smokers and non-smokers.

Responsible Office

Risk Management

Issued by

Todd R. Dickey, Senior Vice President, Administration
University of Southern California