Things to Know

Smoking Policy

Indoor smoking is prohibited in all Champlain College buildings. Outdoor smoking is prohibited on the Aiken Lawn and Rozendaal Courtyard of the central campus and within 25 feet of all building entries, outdoor air intakes and operable windows from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The campus has a smoking gazebo located on the lawn next to Aiken Hall on Maple Street, which is a designated smoking spot on campus. If you or your attendees need to smoke while visiting our campus, please inquire about where the gazebo is located.


Champlain College requires all groups to provide a certificate of Commercial General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $1,000,000. The certificate must name Champlain College as additional insured and be provided to the Event Center at least 20 days before the event or conference. If your group or organization has a liability policy, your insurance agent can provide this certificate. If you do not already carry a policy, please ask about purchasing insurance through us.

Green Meetings

Champlain College has taken a number of steps to be an earth-friendly venue.  For an overview of how we can help green up your event, check out our Green Meetings page.

Bottled Water

Since 2012, there has been a significant effort toward educating the Champlain College community about the various issues around bottled water, including privatization of a public resource, access and equity, waste in production and disposal. We no longer sell plain bottled water in campus vending machines or at the Campus Store. Additionally, bottled water will not be available at most catered events (special exceptions may be made for some catered events, including some summer groups or Admissions events). Champlain College has joined the company of more than 35 other institutions of higher education across the US and Canada, including the University of Vermont and St. Michael's College, who have banned or restricted the sale and use of bottled water. 

Ten Reasons Why Champlain College is Banning the Bottle:

10. We have FREE water bottle refill stations and fountains all over campus. Champlain has a continuing effort to upgrade water fountains with combo water filling stations (see map of available water on campus at and bulk water is offered for catering.

9. The City of Burlington supplies campus with some of the best, cleanest water in the nation.

8. We give water bottles to all new students and employees.

7. Tap water is more strictly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency than bottled water is by the Food and Drug Administration.*

6. Half of all bottled water sold is simply tap water in a plastic bottle.*

5. 80% of plastic bottles are not recycled so they end up in our lakes, streams, oceans, and landfills.*

4. The 17 million barrels of oil it takes per year to make all the plastic water bottles used in the U.S. is enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year.*

3. In a spring 2013 survey at Champlain, 64% of respondents supported stopping the sale of bottled water on campus.

2. During blind taste tests on campus, people have preferred fountain water over bottled water.

1. Bottled water costs about 2000 times more than tap water.*

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