A City of Cambridge ordinance establishes the following requirements for MIT residence halls:
Smoking is prohibited in all areas of MIT residence halls, including student rooms, hallways and lounges, except as noted below. This prohibition includes the use of electronic cigarettes and other nicotine products or delivery devices.
- Smoking is permitted in student rooms of two floors in East Campus, if all of the students are smokers and request in writing that smoking be permitted in their rooms.
- In rooms where each resident has agreed that smoking will be permitted, a smoking agreement form must be filled out by each individual in that room.
Anyone who violates this policy will be subject to discplinary actions under the procedures applicable to him or her as a student at MIT.
In 2016-17, the Committee on Student Life considered the smoking policy in residence halls and issued its report recommending that DSL work with the appropriate House leadership to develop a timeline for moving toward a smoke-free policy in the residence halls. Through conversations with student leaders and house teams, it has been agreed that effective fall of 2019, all residence halls will be smoke free.