As we enter a new academic year, we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the requirements of the ‘BU No Smoking Policy’.
The university has banned smoking in all entrances and within five metres of all our university buildings. This measure is intended to protect staff and students from both the potentially harmful effects and adverse odours of passive smoke and to prevent smoke drifting into buildings through open windows and doors, which can cause discomfort to occupants. ‘No Smoking Signs’ are also located within all buildings and external cigarette bins removed from building entrances.
As we head towards colder weather, we also tend to see an increase in student and staff smokers congregating within doorways, and in particular under the all-weather canopies both to the rear of Poole House and also within the courtyard of the Sir Michael Cobham Library. It is important to note, that these are not designated smoking areas.
BU appreciates that the vast majority of students and staff who smoke understand the reason for the five metre ‘no smoking zone’ and act accordingly. The day to day responsibility for compliance with this policy rests with all students, staff and members of the university, who are empowered to raise this with any person/s they find disregarding this policy. However if it proves necessary, BU will use the relevant student and staff disciplinary measures, where there is evidence that the ‘BU No Smoking Policy’ is being disregarded.