Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy No.: SAAP 10-8

I. Statement of Policy

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 the use of tobacco products and exposure to secondhand smoke, UWM prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco on all campus property.

II. Reporting of Violations 

An employee or student who observes a violation of this policy may make the violator aware of the restrictions contained in this policy and that they are violating UWS 18.08 (9) and (11) and may report the violation to the University Police.

Upon receiving a report, the University Police will investigate the complaint and may issue a warning to the violator. If a violator continues to disregard the posted signs, the violator may be issued a citation by the University Police.

Employees or students who observe a frequent pattern of smoking policy violations at a particular location may notify University Police about this location. University Police will investigate the smoking violations at this location.

III. Exemptions

From time to time, UWM may exempt employees or students from this policy under unique, limited circumstances (e.g., if smoking is required as part of an artistic performance or if smoking may be required in a laboratory by a research project). Persons seeking such an exemption should contact the Provost’s office for approval.

This policy does not apply to products that (i) have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for medical and therapeutic purposes and (ii) are used in a manner that is consistent with such purposes.


  • Smoking means the use of any variety of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette or other smoking equipment, including electronic delivery devices, whether filled with tobacco or any other type of materials.
  • Tobacco means any tobacco product, including those which are smokeless, chewable, spit, spitless, dissolvable, or inhaled.


Wisconsin Statutes §§ 36.11 and 101.123 Rossie v. State Department of Revenue, 395 N.W.2d 801 (Wis. App. 1986) Wis. Admin. Code sec.18.08 (9)(b) “Postings and Signage” and 18.08 (11)(a-b) “Smoking”, Wis. Stat, sec. 287.81 UWM Administration 2009 Wisconsin Act 12 (Statewide Smoking Ban)