Campus Strictness

Pittsburgh, PA
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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The administration is strict in regards to the activities that they should be strict about.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The strictness of rules on campus are dependent on how huge of an issue it is and could be.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: First year students are not allowed to have overnight guests until their second semester. Overall, there is one restriction on guests: they are not allowed to be in one room for more than three nights. There are strict alcohol, drug, and honor codes. It isn't a bad place to live if you aren't planning on doing drugs and drinking in your room or on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: As a grad student I found most things were very lenient.

College Senior

Campus Strictness: I am unaware of any policies that hamper the students' lives. It is a very "clean" campus. There is not much in the way of drinking or drugs.

Perhaps my biggest issues is the lack of scholarships for transfer students. While I have enjoyed some great scholarships and grants, it is an expensive school with limited financial offerings for adult learners.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 511st
    Best Campus Police
  • 647th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1180th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Dorssom
Redondo Beach, CA
Women's Studies
Grad Year
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Chatham does have policies regarding underage drinking, drugs, and dorm visitation, and violations do have consequences, but campus strictness is not outrageous. The resident assistants and Public Safety handle underage drinking violations, but students agree that the resident assistants are realistic. They are there primarily to ensure safety and will not actively prosecute students who are drinking, as long as they remain in their rooms and are not obnoxious, even if the student is underage. Chatham also has visitation policies in the residence halls, but they vary in terms of strictness. In the Lower Campus apartments, visitation is monitored casually and unofficially by the resident assistants. On Upper Campus, though, visitation policies are more strict. All guests, even if they also live on campus, must sign in with a desk attendant, and guests are only allowed to stay for three consecutive nights and may only stay a certain number of times during the semester. First-year students are not permitted to have any overnight guests during their first semester, partly because this is a Chatham tradition and partly to encourage good roommate relations.

One of the strictest University policies is in regards to plagiarism and academic integrity. An anti-cheating pledge is written into the Honor Code, which all Chatham students sign. Chatham takes academic cheating very seriously, and professors are very attentive to possible plagiarism. So, if you don't have that paper done on time, it's a better idea to just tell your professor and ask for an extension than to steal one. When it comes to cheating at Chatham, just don't do it.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too noisy/causing a disruption in the residence halls
  • Cheating/plagiarizing
  • Drinking underage
  • Parking on campus without a permit
  • Using illegal substances such as marijuana
Visitation Policies
Students are allowed to have overnight guests in the residence halls for up to three consecutive days. In the Upper Campus residence halls (Laughlin, Rea, Woodland, and Fickes), all guests, whether they are students or non-students, are required to be signed in at all times, must carry identification, and must be with the student who lives in that residence hall at all times. Public Safety has the right to check the identification of any unfamiliar person in the residence halls, and fines can be levied for any issues arising from guests being unattended. First-year students are not allowed to have overnight guests until after Chatham Eggnog, which is usually early December. First-year students are usually not pleased with this policy and tend to butt heads with the resident assistants about it. Upperclassmen often get irritated by the sign-in policy by their second or third year, but the Lower Campus apartments do not have this policy. Overall, the visitation policies lead to increased safety in the residence halls with the cost of minor annoyance on the part of the students.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 39 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 48 responses

  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 42% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 52% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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