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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have not heard of any crimes taking place on campus but if any issues did arise then I am quite confident that our campus police would take care of them immediately.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: A women's college is a very safe place! Many students came to the school for this very reason. I always felt safe on campus, even walking across campus at night. However, there is no more women's college. I haven't experienced the new coed environment. I imagine it hasn't made a huge difference yet but if you give it a few years and I'm sure it will catch up with the rest of the country in terms of lack of safety (please excuse my pessimism).

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe, but I doubt think they would be prepared if anything serious happened

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Chatham's campus is literally so safe. I can walk from the gym at 10 pm and feel 100% safe. I have never felt unsafe on campus. However, if you venture onto fifth avenue and go to Oakland. That is another story. Regardless, Chatham has an extremely safe campus. Literally nobody ever has to call the police.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus in general is pretty safe. Campus safety is rarely used when it comes to crime and security.


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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 43 responses

  • 32% None
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 14 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 32% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 5% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 69% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 23% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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