Policy for the Burning of Material Offerings for Ceremonial, Cultural, Traditional, or Religious Observance (aka ‘The Smudging Policy’)

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This policy applies to all members of the campus community including students, staff, faculty, and visitors.


The purpose of this policy is to ensure the burning of ceremonial cultural material offerings is done in the safest possible manner, with little or no impact to other building occupants and in compliance with applicable policies and standards. This policy also provides further guidance for the cultural and religious use exception in the campus Tobacco policy. This policy does not supersede the Marijuana policy.


To ensure the safety of the campus community, the university allows the burning of ceremonial cultural material offerings for Traditional or religious ceremony/observance in specified areas only in accordance with defined procedures. Authorized burning under this policy must include a specification of the planned procedures and also adhere to any other university procedures and policies concerning safety on campus.

Policy Manager
Jeff Hescock, Executive Director, Environmental Health and Safety
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Jeffrey Hescock
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Executive Director of Environmental, Health and Safety
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Emmanuel Adero
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Deputy Chief Officer for Equity and Inclusion
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Approval Authority
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Executive Unit
Administration and Finance