Smoking Policy

The Massachusetts Smoke-Free Workplace Law is primarily intended to protect workers from health hazards resulting from exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is a Class A carcinogen as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As of July 5, 2004, all workplaces that have one or more employees must be smoke-free. MCLA is responsible for providing a smoke-free environment for all employees working in an enclosed workplace. In accordance with the legal requirements, no smoking is allowed anywhere on campus other than in designated smoking areas.

It is expected that all members of the College community will respect the rights of their fellow community members as well as this policy.

Smokers are expected to follow the policy and restrict their smoking to designated areas.  Any employee or student who believes he or she is being subjected to secondhand smoke in violation of this policy should inform the offending party that this policy exists and request that he or she adhere to the policy. If the offending party does not comply with this request, the violation should be reported to the department head or administrator who is in charge of the area in which the violation occurred. That individual will be responsible for addressing the problem with the offending person or persons. Problems which cannot be resolved at that level should be referred to the Vice President who oversees the department.

Designated outdoor smoking areas with proper receptacles are available in the following locations, subject to cleanliness standards and adherence to safety regulations, as follows:

Campus Center (second floor deck near the Sullivan Lounge entrance in the corner facing Hoosac Hall and the sidewalk under the overhang across from the Power Plant)

  • Church Street Center (the parking lot on the sidewalk near the planting bed)
  • Facilities Building (the parking lot near the train trestle)
  • Freel Library (quad-level balcony in designated area)
  • Public Safety Building (west perimeter near parking lot in designated area)
  • On the front side of Mark Hopkins near where the entrance sidewalk meets Church Street sidewalk.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus property, including the athletic fields, Gallery 51 or the Advancement Office other than the designated smoking areas described in this policy. Smoking is also prohibited in College vehicles.

Revised August 2014

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On August 1st, 2018, MCLA will institute a new Tobacco-Free Policy.  For information regarding this new policy, click here.