In line with trends worldwide relating to smoking in public places, the university has implemented a new campus-wide policy to create a smoke-free environment on the academic campus. This policy is developed to comply with UAE Federal Law and to protect the AUS community from exposure to passive or secondhand smoke.
Prohibiting smoking will help educate the campus community of the danger of smoking and will encourage members of the AUS community to cease using tobacco altogether. The policy also aims to keep the campus clean. Hence, despite the effort to provide receptacles, some smokers continue to extinguish their cigarettes on buildings and drop the cigarette butts on the ground, leading to permanent disfiguration of buildings.
The purpose of this policy is to maintain a healthy environment at AUS, to protect all AUS community members from second-hand smoke and to reduce the harm caused to individuals by smoking.
This policy will apply to all faculty, staff, dependents, students, contractors, vendors and visitors.
Smoking will be prohibited in the entire AUS campus including the following locations:
For the purpose of this policy, "smoking" refers to inhaling or exhaling, burning, carrying or processing any lighted tobacco products, such as cigars, cigarettes and electronic cigarettes that emit smoke/vaping.
We encourage all members of the AUS community to cease smoking, and the University Health Center is ready to assist any AUS member who decides to give up smoking. In addition, the Clinical Counselor can help students in this regard.
Roles and Responsibilities
All members of AUS community and AUS Security are responsible for the enforcement and communication of this policy. Reponsibilities include:
AUS Security will monitor compliance and fine those who do not comply.
Violation of the smoking policy will result in fines according to the AUS fine system, starting at AED 50. Students reported for repetitive violations will be handled by Judicial Affairs. Faculty and staff violations will be addressed by Human Resources.
Click here to download the AUS Smoke-Free Campus Policy.
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