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4 College Freshman

Administration: Our campus is fairly laid back compared to most campuses. They like to let us do our own thing and make our own choices. Though they do not tolerate drug use at all.

4 College Freshman

Administration: While the campus is strict, they understand you are adults.

5 College Junior

Administration: Everyone is very friendly, understanding, and helpful

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4 College Junior

Administration: There is very little use of drugs, and the administration understands that young people will be rowdy, as well as consume alcohol. They do not give out underages on campus, they prefer to subject you to honor code violation consequences and help you to get back "on your feet". Because the classes are small, there is usually an attendance policy for each class.

5 College Junior

Administration: the campus police are real city police! Although there is some drug and Alcohol activity on campus it is very limited. If the police do need to address the issue they handle it well. The visitation in the dorms is only strict for first year students until the egg nog event, other then that anyone can come and visit as long as they sign in the at the entrance of the dormitory.


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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 47 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 56 responses

  • 57% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 38% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 2% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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