The JTS smoking policy has been amended to comply with New York City law. Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the residence halls and in and adjacent to all JTS buildings. This includes classrooms, restrooms, lobbies, hallways, elevators, lounges, private offices, the courtyard, the moadon, and the dining room. Smoking is not permitted in any outside areas contiguous to JTS buildings. A small section of the second floor outdoor patio adjacent to Brush has been cordoned off for smokers.
Compliance with the provisions of this policy is expected of the entire JTS community, as well as any visitors to JTS. Smoking in a prohibited area may subject the violator to a civil or criminal penalty under the law and/or disciplinary action by JTS. Persons who refuse to extinguish smoking material upon request, or who persist in smoking in a prohibited area, will be reported to the Security Office, or, in the case of smoking in a JTS residence, the Office of Residence Life. JTS reserves the right to dismiss resident students from housing for continued violations of this policy.
In case of a dispute arising under this smoking policy, the health concerns of the nonsmoking party shall be accorded priority. Any disputes may be referred in writing to the Director of Residence Life, if the dispute involves the residence halls, or the Director of Human Resources, for all other disputes; the appropriate director will investigate and resolve the matter.
There will be no retaliatory or other adverse action taken against any person who asserts his/her rights under the Smoke-Free Air Acts. There can be severe penalties for violating the law. The Department of Health may fine JTS and/or the individual up to $2,000 for each violation.