Chatham University

Safety Programs

Chatham University has various ongoing safety programs to insure that Chatham University is a safe place to live, study and work.

Mass Emergency Notification System (e2Campus) – e2Campus is a web-based system that sends text messages to students, families, faculty and staff through a mobile phone, pager, email, web browser, or other wireless device. The system will only be used in the event of an emergency on campus, large scale emergency or disaster off campus, severe weather condition, or other event or emergency that may have an effect on the operations of the campus and the safety of our community members.

Chapel Alert System – The Chapel bells have the ability to act like an “air raid” siren system. The system uses three types of alerts. An “alert horn” will be sounded to alert all community members to go to a classroom, office, room, etc. and lock themselves in (“lockdown”). A “siren” will be sounded to alert community members to seek shelter either in the lowest part of a building or the center part of a building and a “bell” will be sounded as an “all clear.” This system is activated through the campus police.

Safety Committee – The Safety Committee is made up of students, faculty, and staff and is certified by the State of Pennsylvania. The Safety Committee is charged with the task to review, coordinate, evaluate, make recommendations and provide follow-up actions relative to an effective University Safety Program. Anyone interested in joining the Safety Committee should contact the Director of Public Safety.

Safety and Security Policy and Procedure Manual – The manual is posted on the intranet. The manual provides information on maintaining a safe work environment, and to ensure compliance with various government regulators.

Public Safety Reference Guide – These multi-colored flip charts are hung throughout the campus, they provide a quick reference in the event of an emergency.

Employee and Student Safety Brochure – These brochures not only provide information on what to do in the event of an emergency, but also offer tips to make your learning, working and living environment safer. Additional brochures are available in the Public Safety Office or Human Resources.

Escort Service – The Public Safety provides on-campus escorts to community members who feel the need for an officer to accompany them when walking from one building to another. For an escort call the Public Safety at ext. 1230.

Shuttle and Safe Rider – Chatham University provides a free shuttle service for the safety of our community members. Also, through an agreement with the University of Pittsburgh, a Safe Rider service is provided for the safety of our community members. For more info, see “Chatham Shuttle” under Parking Regulations.

Safety and Security Advisories (Crime Alerts) – The Public Safety Department will send "Safety and Security Advisories" via email, alerting community members of any criminal activity on campus or in the immediate area around the campus, or to address any other safety or security issues.

Sexal Harrassment, Assault, Rape Prevention (SHARPS) – The Public Safety Department provides SHARPS training to community members. To inquire about future SHARPS classes call the Public Safety Department at ext. 1230.

Hall Meetings – The Public Safety Department attends resident hall meetings throughout the year. These meetings are open to all students.

Police Bike Patrol – The bike patrol program provides quick repose and high visibility.

Call Boxes – Emergency call boxes are located throughout the campus, and provide a direct line to the campus police officers.

Proactive Observation and Reporting – All campus police officers, Facilities Management staff, Student Affairs staff, and Safety Committee members as part of their daily activity, look for and report any safety hazards.

Fire Drills – Fire drills are conducted in the residence halls each semester.

Safety Inspections – Facilities Management, Student Affairs, and The Public Safety Department perform regular inspections of each residence hall. During these safety inspections, many safety and security areas are addressed, which include but are not limited to: fire safety, electrical safety, lighting (interior and exterior), landscaping and grounds, fall prevention, and physical building security. The Public Safety Department and Facilities Management also perform regular inspections of all campus buildings. In addition, our insurance carriers perform inspections of the campus.

Routine Life Safety Equipment Inspections – Facilities Management uses in-house personnel and a outside contractors to regularly test, repair and upgrade all life safety systems. The Public Safety Department performs monthly inspections of fire extinguishers and fire hoses.
Be aware of your own safety and the safety of others. Use common sense and exercise good judgment.