Lesley University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all members of the Lesley community, while respecting the individual rights of all members. This policy is intended to protect all persons from exposure to second-hand smoke and the direct effects of smoke.
Consistent with these goals and in the support of the Massachusetts Public Laws and the City of Cambridge laws regarding smoking, the following policy has been established.
Definition of Smoking
The term "smoking" means inhaling, exhaling, lighting, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigarette, cigar, pipe, hookah, marijuana (including medical marijuana), or any other product or substance that is intended for smoking. “Smoking” also includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates a vapor, including e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, vape pens, etc.
Smoking is prohibited in all Lesley University indoor facilities. This includes without limitation all indoor space:
- Private faculty and administrative offices
- Common work areas
- Classrooms and labs
- Conference and meeting rooms
- Art studios and art galleries
- Fitness facilities
- Dorms and residence halls
- Storage closets
- Kitchens and cafeterias
- Parking garages/lots
- Commercial and residential leased spaces
Smoking is also prohibited in all Lesley University vehicles and vehicles used for University business, including shuttle buses and vans.
Smoking is also prohibited in all outdoor locations at Lesley University except for those spaces designated as smoking areas. These areas may be modified from time to time. There are four designated smoking areas located throughout the University campus. The locations of the designated smoking areas were selected to protect the safety of smokers, to ensure that smoke does not filter into buildings, to protect neighboring properties and neighbors from second-hand smoke, and to provide access to designated smoking areas for smokers. Since our campuses are unique in their design and neighborhood relationships, the size and condition of the spaces vary based on available space. The University requests that all smokers using designated smoking areas properly extinguish and discard smoking products and not litter the surrounding areas.
The designated smoking areas are located as follows:
- Doble Campus (Quad)—There are two designated smoking areas: the first located on the concrete pad on Mellen Way next to the bike racks beneath the Public Safety Office's window, and the other behind 16-18 Wendell Street on the brick patio near the fence.
- Porter Campus—The designated smoking area is located to the right of the back door (when entering the building) of University Hall near the loading dock area but under the cover.
South campus is a “smoke-free” campus; no smoking is allowed anywhere on the campus.
In addition, despite changes to Massachusetts law, the use, possession, purchase, processing, and manufacturing of marijuana – including medical marijuana – remain prohibited under federal law and, thus, are prohibited everywhere on campus.