smoke-free policy

CUD with the purpose of keeping the facilities free of smoke and avoiding possible fires that affect the health of the university community as well as the staff, has policies that allow control of smoke in the University and in this way provide well-being to the university community, the policies can be seen below:

  • CUD Smoke Free Campus Environment

Canadian University Dubai is a smoke-free establishment. In order to promote and maintain a healthy environment at Canadian University Dubai, and to promote the prevention of illness and encourage students, staff and faculty to lead a healthy lifestyle, a smoke-free campus environment policy has been created to reduce the use of tobacco products on campus. The objectives are to reduce the number of smokers on campus and to support those who wish to stop smoking; through raising awareness on the dangers of smoking and educating young adults with an aim to ensure they do not pick up the habit. To create awareness amongst the university community about the dangers of smoking regular no-smoking campaigns are showcased throughout the year, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health. Tobacco products include - but are not limited to - any lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, midwakh, dokha, bidi, electronic cigarette or any other smoking device, along with any form of smokeless or spit tobacco such as dip, chew, or snuff. Each and every member of the University community is responsible for maintaining this policy.


Those responsible for the application of the policy are the Security Supervisor and Security Staff, Student Affairs Division, and the Human Resources Department. While students, staff, faculty and visitors are encouraged to make healthier choices, Canadian University Dubai has created clearly-marked designated smoking areas. These marked areas are the spaces between Halls B and C, Halls C and D and the space behind Hall C. These designated smoking areas are equipped with benches and ashtrays.

Warning System:

There is a three-point warning system in place for Canadian University Dubai students caught smoking outside these above-mentioned designated areas.

    • First time violation: the student will be given a verbal warning (University Security or Student Affairs Division) and their Canadian University Dubai ID will be confiscated. The student will need to register with the Security Supervisor and can collect the ID card one week after the incident

    • Second time violation: should the student be caught violating the policy a second time, he or she will be given a first official warning letter (Student Affairs Division), which will be placed in his/her file

    • Third time violation: a third violation will lead to a final warning letter (Student Affairs Division) or possibly putting the student on registration holds for one semester. The case will be sent to the disciplinary committee

    • Disciplinary committee decision will be taken and student will be informed accordingly

    • Students have the right to appeal the committee’s decision (in writing) to the President’s Office

  • CUD Fire Safety Policy

Canadian University Dubai prohibits smoking in any of its buildings; there is a designated smoking area outdoors for those wishing to smoke. All students are expected to observe these regulations. Fire exit signs are posted at all exits to be used for evacuation and smoke detectors are placed in various strategic locations to provide early detection of smoke or fire. All fire extinguishers will be periodically checked by an outside company to ensure that they are in good operating condition. They will also do a safety inspection and check the building for fire hazards. The Fire Marshal will supervise and coordinate the fire drill to ensure that all buildings are evacuated. Designated staff will be assigned as fire officials to take charge of the evacuation of a particular building in the event of fire. In addition, designated staff members will be trained as first aid attendants to assist fire officials with the evacuation. Fire drills will be practiced each semester in the academic buildings on campus to ensure that proper procedures will be followed in the event of a real fire.


    • Know your work area; know alternative routes and fire exits

    • Know the location of firefighting equipment and how to use it

    • Avoid overloading electrical sockets

    • Report promptly any faulty equipment

    • Keep fire exits clear at all times

    • Smoke only in the designated area

To Report Smoke or Fire:

    • Activate the building fire alarm system. Alarms are located on each floor. The alarm signal will alert the rest of the staff and students.

    • The Information Officer in the Reception area will immediately contact the Department of Civil Defense by dialing 997 and advise them of the location of the fire.

When an alarm rings:

Follow RACE procedure:

    1. R: Rescue anyone in immediate danger

    2. A: Activate building fire alarm to alert others and report the incident

    3. C: Confine the fire by closing all doors

    4. E: Evacuate the building using the closest exit and move to a safe distance away from the building

Use of Fire Extinguisher: (Only use if it is safe to do so)

Follow PASS procedure:

  1. P: Pull the safety pin from the extinguisher, distance yourself 6-10 feet back from the fire

  2. A: Aim the hose at the base of the fire

  3. S: Squeeze the handle

  4. S: Sweep the extinguisher from side to side starting from the front edge of the fire

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Fire Evacuation Plan

Steps to Take in Case of Fire

    1. Activate the building fire alarm system. Manual alarms are located on each floor. The alarm signal will alert the rest of the staff and students.

    2. The Student Information Officer in reception will immediately contact the Department of Civil Defense by dialing 997 and inform them of the location of the fire. The Registrar will take student attendance registers and the students’ emergency phone numbers.

    3. Class teachers are responsible for ensuring the safe orderly evacuations of any students that they have with them in the event of a fire, closing room doors behind them and going to the designated assembly point. Staff members who do not have students with them at the time of the fire should proceed to the nearest Hall and assist with evacuation.

    4. The nurse will collect the emergency first aid kit and assist with the evacuation of students.

    5. Each designated fire official and first aid attendant will ensure that everyone has left their building and that all doors are closed, placing red “all clear” signs on the outside of the door.

    6. Security will turn off all the AC units and then assist fire officials.

    7. Class teachers are responsible for confirming that each of their students is outside of the building in the designated ASSEMBLY POINT as indicated below.

    8. All staff and students in Halls A and D will proceed to the right-side car park; those in Hall B will go to the left side car park and those in Hall C will exit to the rear car park

    9. The Fire Marshal will supervise and coordinate with fire officials and first aid attendants to confirm that all buildings have been evacuated.


    1. Stay calm

    2. Use the stairs only. Never take an elevator

    3. Always use the nearest fire exit to leave the building. Go to the ASSEMBLY POINT

    4. Do not stop to take personal belongings with you

    5. Staff is responsible for the evacuation of all students with them at the time; call for help if you need it

    6. Students and staff are not to return to the building until instructed by the fire department

    7. If you are trapped in a room, close and seal the doors. Call Security and tell them of your location

    8. Take an alternative route in case fire is located near your designated exit-proceed to the nearest exit in your location

Fire Officials

Canadian University Dubai Fire Marshal: The Facilities Manager’s office is Hall A1-12, and can be reached at 04-709-6212 / Mobile: 055-4626624

CUD First Aid Attendants

Smoking, the burning of incense or candles, or using any open flame other than the kitchen stove is prohibited. Any student detecting smoke or fire must sound the fire alarm, call the fire department by dialing 997, and inform the Security Officer. Students must evacuate the building in the event of a fire alarm. Please ensure to be familiar with your address location.

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