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UWM is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment and to ensuring that it acts to the extent possible to shield its students and employees from harm. To mitigate the established health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke, UWM prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco on all campus property.

The campus smoking policy was reviewed by shared governance and was passed to make the campus smoke free and ban tobacco. The Physical Environment Committee initiated a review and moved them through campus governance groups.

The no-smoking policy was approved by the Chancellor in June 2018. The more comprehensive Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy was approved in October 2018.