As the new school year gets underway, Central Connecticut State University is making some big changes – to its on-campus smoking policy.
The new policy bans smoking everywhere except four locations on campus, including parking lots and smoking shelters, according to the “Smoking Policy” section of the university’s Web site.
Mark McLaughlin, a spokesperson for the university, said the changes are the result of a survey conducted last spring.
"The majority of the respondents preferred a smoke-free campus with a few designated areas reserved for smoking," McLaughlin wrote in an email to NBC Connecticut on Monday.
McLaughlin said the university's former policy permitted smoking everywhere on campus except in residence halls and within 25 feet of buildings.
The CCSU Web site attributes the new policy to the “university’s goal to provide a safe and healthy work environment” and says it applies to students, employees and visitors alike.
A map indicating designated smoking areas is available online.