New Smoking Policy

Last November, The University of the Incarnate Word came up with a new policy involving smoking in certain areas and, of course, restricting it from other areas as well. Some students have benefited from it but others aren’t too pleased by it. Why was this decision made? What do students think about this? UIWTVs Reporter Erika Martinez spoke to a couple of students and Chief Colunga about their reactions.


By Rachel Cywinski

and Priscilla Sauceda


Smoking on campus now is prohibited within 20 feet of any building at the University of the Incarnate Word.

As of Jan. 1, there is one designated smoking area on the main campus, the “deck on the (north side) of the (Dr. Burton E. Grossman) International Conference Center.” There are a few other areas on campus, which are not designated as either smoking or nonsmoking areas and which do not fall under smoking prohibitions.

The smoking policy prohibits smoking within 20 feet of any building, in the courtyards of the Administration Building, Genevieve Tarleton Dougherty Fine Arts Building, the deck outside the media center and the areas around and between Agnese-Sosa Living and Learning Center, Marian Hall, Clement Hall and Gorman Building, including Friendship Plaza and at shuttle stops.

For years, students have asked the Student Government Association to help lead an effort to restrict smoking on campus. On Nov. 27, UIW’s Executive Council created designated smoking and nonsmoking areas.

What happens to people who smoke in these areas depends upon their status at the university.   Employees and students may undergo their respective disciplinary processes, while visitors may be escorted off campus by university police. Janine Chavez of Campus Life said the Human Resources Department is responsible for the disciplining of stray smokers.

After piecing together the various smoking restrictions, the areas which are not designated as either smoking or nonsmoking areas, and therefore areas where smoking is allowed, include Lourdes Grotto, the Blue Hole, much of the lawn of Brackenridge Villa, half of the circle between Dubuis and Gorman buildings (the half closer to J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library), the middle half of Dubuis Lawn, the flagpoles in Mission Plaza, the parking lots along Hildebrand, most of the parking west of the San Antonio River and the nature trail.[…]