Senate to hear faculty diversity report, 'smoke-free campus' proposals

Karen Cook, vice provost for faculty development and diversity, and Keith Humphreys, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine, will give presentations at today's senate meeting.

At its meeting today, the Faculty Senate will hear a progress report on efforts to build a diverse academic community at Stanford, and also will consider two proposals to broaden Stanford's smoke-free environment policy.

Karen Cook, vice provost for faculty development and diversity, will present a report on diversifying Stanford's faculty.

Keith Humphreys, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine, will present two proposals aimed at broadening the university's existing policy on outdoor smoking. An ad-hoc group of faculty and students developed the proposals.

One proposal would prohibit outdoor smoking except at single-family residences and at four designated places along Campus Drive. The second proposal would ban outdoor smoking on the core campus only, using Campus Drive as the boundary line.

The proposals apply only to combustible tobacco: smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes are not included.

If the senate approves a smoke-free campus proposal, it will be forwarded as a recommendation to President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy.

Under Stanford's current Smoke-Free Environment policy, which is part of the Administrative Guide, smoking of tobacco products is prohibited in enclosed buildings and facilities, and during indoor and outdoor campus events.

Specifically, smoking is currently prohibited in all classrooms, offices and other enclosed buildings and facilities, including student resident halls. It also is prohibited in covered walkways, in university vehicles, during indoor and outdoor athletic events, during other Stanford-sponsored or designated indoor or outdoor events, and in outdoor areas where "smoking prohibited" signs are posted.

Regarding outdoor smoking, the policy says:

  • "Outdoor smoking in non-prohibited areas must be at least 30 feet away from doorways, open windows, covered walkways and ventilation systems, to prevent smoke from entering enclosed buildings and facilities."

Last year, Stanford eliminated sales of tobacco products – cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco – on campus, saying tobacco sales were inconsistent with its many programs that support healthy habits and behaviors.

In 2007, Stanford School of Medicine extended its smoking ban to outdoor smoking on its campus. A separate smoke-free policy, adopted in January 2010, applies to Stanford Hospital & Clinics (now Stanford Health Care) and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory allows smoking at three designated areas on its grounds.

The senate meeting will begin at 3:15 p.m. in Room 180 of the Law School.

Discussion is limited to members of the senate, but members of the Stanford community may request to attend the meeting by contacting the Academic Secretary's Office at 724-7863 or Adrienne Emory at

The minutes of the Feb. 19 Faculty Senate meeting can be found at this link and on the senate's website.