A Proposal to Ban Smoking on Columbia’s Morningside Campus,
Effective January 1, 2012
- Smoking shall be categorically banned from all outdoor spaces contained within the Columbia Morningside Heights Campus, including space within the East Campus and the outdoor bridge across Amsterdam Avenue between Philosophy and Greene Halls.
- The Morningside Campus is defined as the area bounded by 114th Street and 120th Street, and Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
- The East Campus is defined as the area bounded by 116th Street and 118th Street, and Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive.
- In addition, smoking will be banned from all campus and building entrances, and outside perimeters, of all off-campus Columbia University buildings within a distance of 50 feet.
- This policy intends to unambiguously prohibit smoking from all Columbia University environs consistent with rules and regulations historically enacted and being enacted at other educational institutions, as well as New York City and other municipalities throughout the country.
- This policy intends to be aligned with the smoking ban recently enacted by the CUMC in light of issues and concerns raised by the very community charged with the remediation of smoking-related disease and debilitation. Though it will encroach on a minority of smokers’ individual freedoms, it is intended to support the greater health and well-being of the larger Columbia community of students, faculty and staff.
Sen. James Neal (Admin.)
Sen. Samuel Silverstein (Tenured, P&S)