New York City enacted new smoking laws entitled Smoke-Free Air Act
of 2002. While The New School is already a smoke-free institution, the
new Act requires the university to further restrict smoking activities
in the dormitories.
Effective March 30, 2003, The New School will eliminate all smoking
lounges and other existing designated smoking public areas in the
dormitories which were excepted from the smoke-free status adopted by
the university on August 13, 2001. Accordingly, as of that date, the
university will be completely smoke free.
The university is taking this measure to eliminate all second-hand
smoke from the premises, to eliminate disputes over tobacco smoke
pollution in the workplace and to reduce tobacco related illness. Staff
who are smokers and who are enrolled in healthcare flexible spending
accounts may be able to submit claims for physician supervised smoking
cessation programs. For further information employees should contact
their insurance provider. The university will also investigate smoking
cessation courses that may be made available at low or no cost to
The university will continue to maintain outdoor ashtrays in current
locations, including the Vera List courtyard between the West 11th
Street and West 12th Street buildings. Smoking inside any university
facility will subject the offender to disciplinary action.
Remember this policy will be in effect on March 30, 2003. As of this
date The New School will maintain a smoke-free work environment. Anyone
wishing to lodge a complaint about smoking inside university property,
should call the Office of Human Resources at 229-5671, Ext. 502.