Change the smoking policy outside Hartley Library

Anonymous submitted on

Tuesday 12th March 2019


The smoking zone outside Hartley library has failed. 

The zone is not adhered to by smokers who continue to smoke outside the entrance doors. This forces people to walk throught the fumes when entering and exiting the library, which is not acceptable when the vast majority of people do not smoke and do not wish to be exposed to others smoke. The same problem occured previously with the situation temporarily improving and relapsing again.

Since the smoking zone is not actively enforced or is in reality unenforcable, it has failed. I suggest that smoking is completely prohibited outside the library.


Here, you can view the complete set of official responses from the sabbatical officers regarding this submission.

Students' Union replied on

Monday 15th Apr 2019 11:19am


It has been a few weeks since we last spoke, and conversations are continuing around moving the bins outside of Hartley. Since this is all currently in-progress I'm going to mark this You Make Change as completed, but please do get in touch if you have any questions about everything!

Thanks for the submission, and all the best,

Sam Dedman (SUSU VP Education 2017-19,

Students' Union replied on

Tuesday 19th Mar 2019 9:17am

Hello again!

I'm pleased to say that the Library have provided an intial response to me. In summary there are conversations currently ongoing about relocating the bins outside of Hartley, as well as ensuring that going forward University Security are more actively monitoring the situation. Obviously these changes will depend on the result of conversations currently ongoing, so once I know for sure I'll be back in touch. 

Let me know if you have any questions in the meantime! 

Best wishes,

Samuel Dedman (SUSU VP Education 2017-19,

Students' Union replied on

Monday 18th Mar 2019 4:05pm


Thanks for getting in touch, and for making this submission to You Make Change. You might be aware that we have had a couple of submissions in the past few months on this exact topic, and following the last one I worked with the Library to ensure that the University's Security team were including it as part of their regular walk-arounds on campus. It is a real shame that the situation got better temporarily, and I'd be interested to hear if this was based on more active enforcement by University Security. 

I'm going to open a dialogue with the Library team about this, and will also mention it to University Security when I meet with them (on an unrelated topic) over the next couple of days. However student thoughts and input are wholeheartedly appreciated, so please make sure you encourage people to comment/vote on this submission on the SUSU website. 

I'll be back once I have an update, but if you have any questions in the meantime please don't hesitate to get back in touch. 

Best wishes, 

Samuel Dedman (SUSU VP Education 2017-19,


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    Friday 15th Mar 2019 1:08pm


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