The Butt Stops Here: Enforcement Begins on Tobacco-Free Policy

August 1, 2011 at 7:00 am

USC Upstate became a completely tobacco-free campus on November 20, 2008. Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, bidis, and any and all chewing tobacco products. While University employees, students, campus visitors, contractors, vendors, etc. were expected to abide by this policy (24-hours a day, seven days per week), the policy wasn’t strictly enforced.

Beginning August 1, 2011, USC Upstate will begin enforcing the tobacco-free policy on the Spartanburg campus and at “The George.” All employees, students, visitors, contractors, vendors, etc. are responsible for being aware of the policy, which states:

Tobacco use is prohibited in all USC Upstate owned or leased buildings (including in all offices, classrooms, laboratories, meeting rooms, residence halls, restrooms, lobbies, lounges, cafeterias, hallways, stairwells, elevators etc.), building entrances, balconies, decks, patios and outside stairways to buildings and outdoor passageways to entrances; buildings on land for use by the University; all University vehicles; sidewalks; parking lots; athletic venues; common areas; and any and all land for use by the University land, including campus “green spaces.”

Effective August 1, 2011, the USC Upstate Department of Public Safety has the sole authority to fine individuals for violating the campus tobacco-free policy. The following fines will apply:

1st Offense          $25.00

2nd Offense         $50.00

3rd Offense         $75.00 (and all subsequent offenses)

 To learn more about the USC Upstate Tobacco-Free initiative, please visit