Chatham University

Safety Procedures

Lockout Policy

Students are expected to have their room key and ID card with them at all times. Should a student become accidentally locked out, they should contact the RA On-Call (schedules are posted on bulletin boards in the front entrance of each building). If the lockout occurs between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., students should contact the Office of Residence Life at 412-365-1518. If the lockout occurs between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., the student should contact the RA On-Call (numbers posted in the front entrance of each building). If the lockout occurs any other time or the resident is unable to reach someone, students should contact Residence Life On-Call at 412-951-0003.

All lockouts result in a $10.00 charge for the first occurrence, $15 for the second occurrence, and $25 for the third & each subsequent occurrence. 

Key & ID Card Policy

Room Key Policy

Upon arrival, each resident student receives a personal room key. If a student should lose a key, fail to return it at the end of the year, or not return it at another time of checkout, the student will be billed for a core change and all replacement keys (resident keys and one key for the Residence Life office to maintain on file). Students will incur charges based on each key needed for the room (using the below scale):

Single Room (Lock Change + Resident Key + Back-up Key)


Double Room/Apartment (Lock Change + 2 Resident Keys + Back-up Key)


Triple Room/Apartment (Lock Change + 3 Resident Keys + Back-up Key)


Quad Room (Lock Change + 4 Resident Keys + Back-up Key)


 ID Cards

A student's ID card grants them access into the residence halls. Students should keep their ID cards with them at all times. Any lost or missing ID cards should be reported to the Office of Student Affairs immediately. Lost ID cards can be replaced in the Office of Student Affairs, located in Woodland hall 1st Floor, for $25.00.

Fire Alarms & General Evacuation Guidelines

The alarm system will be used to indicate a life-threatening situation (such as a fire, bomb threat, or explosion), which requires evacuation from the hall. Residents should know and follow the emergency evacuation procedures for the residence hall. Evacuation drills are held in each residence hall once per term to familiarize residents with proper evacuation procedures and to test safety equipment and will not be advertised in advance. Residents and staff members should follow established emergency procedures to ensure a quick and orderly building evacuation.

All residents hearing an alarm should immediately:

  1. Touch the room door before opening.
  2. If the door is hot, do not exit. Phone for help, seal off the room by stuffing door cracks and vents, test (but do not break) the window, hang a sheet from the window to alert rescue personnel, and breathe through a cloth or towel to reduce smoke inhalation.
  3. If the door is cool, put on a coat and shoes, close the window, breathe through a towel or cloth to reduce smoke inhalation, close and lock the room door, and leave immediately. Remember - take your room key & ID with you.
  4. Move quickly but calmly to the stairwells and exit the building. Know the alternate exits in advance in case the primary route is obstructed. Never use elevators during an alarm.
  5. Assemble with other residents and staff outside and away from the building at the building's designated evacuation location. The location is listed on the emergency guide inside each building, or by asking your building staff.
  6. Await instructions from emergency personnel; do not reenter the building or leave the area until cleared to do so. Remember that Public Safety, City Fire or other emergency personnel are in charge once they arrive on the scene.
  7. Residents who do not leave the building when an alarm has been sounded are subject to fines and/or disciplinary actions.