Health & Safety

Pittsburgh, PA
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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus police are quick to respond if there is an emergency. I have never felt threatened on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus feels pretty safe as far as safety goes, but the public safety employees are not very helpful when there is a situation.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Excellent in providing visual aspects of their existence and patrolling of campus grounds but discreet at the same time of surveillence

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Chatham has several ways to get in touch with public safety and they are there and willing to help, but they do not seem to always be where you are.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Chatham is a very safe environment that offers many different ways to make you feel like you were at home.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 143rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 414th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 733rd
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Dorssom
Redondo Beach, CA
Women's Studies
Grad Year
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Chatham's Public Safety department dedicates itself to the safety of the students, and it is evident. Public Safety officers are highly visible on campus and often interact with students, who know most officers by both their first and last names. Call-boxes containing phones that connect directly to Public Safety are located throughout campus. If a student feels unsafe for any reason, Public Safety will provide an escort. One safety feature on campus is that the entrances to the residence halls can only be opened using a Chatham ID card. Students can get into their own dorms at any time, but they can only use their card to access other residence halls until midnight. If a student brings a guest to her dorm, including a Chatham student that lives in a different dorm, she is expected to sign in her guest at the front desk of her building. Overnight guests are allowed for up to three consecutive nights, except for first-year students who are not permitted to have an overnight guest until after Chatham Eggnog in December.

Public Safety also offers escorts to the UPMC Shadyside emergency room for seriously injured students. Chatham also teams up with Public Safety to offer classes on sexual harassment and rape prevention, where students learn techniques to defend themselves in case of an assault. Overall, students say they like that campus has tight security, which makes crime very rare.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 2
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Public Safety
Woodland Road
(412) 365-1230 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Chapel alert system (chapel bells have the ability to act like an "air raid" siren system)
  • Emergency call-boxes
  • Escort service
  • Mass emergency notification system (e2Campus)
  • Police bike patrol
  • Routine life safety equipment inspections
  • Safety and Security Advisories (crime alerts via email)
  • Safety and Security Policy and Procedure Manual
  • Safety committee
  • Sexual Harassment Assault Rape Prevention (SHARP) classes
  • Shuttle and SafeRider services
Health Center
Student Health Services
Woodland Hall
(412) 365-1238
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Cold care kits
  • Flu shots
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Immunizations
  • Pharmacy delivery service
  • Physicals
  • Some medications
  • TB testing
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Chatham University Public Safety officers are commissioned police officers, not security personnel, meaning they have full arrest powers.
  • One of the University Public Safety vehicles is a Prius. Chatham was the first university in Pittsburgh to add a hybrid police car to its fleet.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 36 responses

  • 30% None
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 35 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 46% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 5% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 27% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 11% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 30% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 59% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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