3500P Guidelines Regarding Smoking of Tobacco Products in Drama Department Productions at BC (Procedures)

Original Date: 4/17/2001 * Last Revision Effective: 4/7/2015
Policy Contact: Vice President, Administrative Services


It is important that the Drama department faculty maintain the freedom to select an appropriate variety of materials, opportunities, and learning experiences for students. This may include, from time to time, producing plays in which smoking of tobacco products is explicitly incorporated by the playwright as an integral part of the production. The following are guidelines and procedures for these instances.


Although Bellevue College policy bans smoking inside of buildings and elsewhere on campus, smoking of tobacco products on stage may be permitted as part of a dramatic production, with the following conditions:

  • Prior to making any commitment to produce a play that will involve smoking, a request to permit smoking on stage shall be reviewed by a committee consisting of the drama department faculty, the dean of arts and humanities, and the director of the play. Approval will be granted based on consensus of this group.
  • Whenever possible, students should “act” the activity of smoking, using appropriate props, but without lighting the tobacco. When permitted, smoking will be allowed on stage only, during final rehearsals and actual public performances.
  • Smoking shall not be allowed during class sessions.
  • For performances at which tobacco products will be burned, programs shall contain a warning that the production will include smoking of tobacco products on stage. Signs shall be clearly posted in the lobby of the theatre prior to each performance, informing the audience that the performance will include smoking of tobacco products on stage. Programs and signs shall also indicate that smoking on stage as part of a dramatic production is an approved exception to Bellevue College policy.

Revision History

Original 4/17/2001
Revisions 3/22/2005; 5/21/2009; 9/11/2012; 4/7/2015

Approved By

President’s Cabinet

Last Updated April 7, 2015