Chatham University

Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Policy

Chatham is committed to improving the quality of our environment and providing a safe and healthy campus to our students, staff, faculty, visitors and all other members of the Chatham community. In support of this, Chatham has adopted a Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Policy for all university properties, employees, students and visitors. The Policy replaces all previous smoking policies issued for the Chatham University campuses and takes effect August 1, 2018.

Chatham University's Smoke- and tobacco-free Policy

Tobacco use and smoking are prohibited throughout Chatham University properties: Shadyside Campus, Chatham Eastside, and Eden Hall Campus.

"Smoking," as defined herein, means the act of drawing smoke or a vaporized substance into one's mouth that has been ignited, combusted, or vaporized.

"Smoking Products" include, but are not limited to tobacco, cloves, all cigarette products (cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, e-cigarettes, etc.) and all smoke-producing devices (cigars, pipes, hookahs, etc.).

"Chatham University properties" include, but are not limited to:

  • ALL outdoor common and educational areas; inside ALL university owned or leased buildings
  • Campus sidewalks
  • Campus parking lots
  • Athletic fields
  • University-owned and leased vehicles (regardless of location)

*Campus maps that show these defined areas can be found here.

This Policy does not apply to public rights-of-way (sidewalks/streets) within the campus boundaries, as these are governed by City of Pittsburgh Ordinance.

Exceptions include:
Certain academic research activities may be allowed as approved through the IRB process.

Respect and responsibility
Compliance with the Policy is the responsibility of each employee, student and visitor. The Policy's success depends on an attitude of consideration and cooperation by all campus members and guests. The Policy's compliance will be enforced by Public Safety.


Chatham is going smoke- and tobacco-free on August 1, 2018. Previously, smoking was permitted at designated outdoor areas. Smoking will now be prohibited on campus.

All Chatham employees and students will be informed of the Policy, and all students, visitors and employees are asked to comply with it.

Those who violate the Policy will be subject to disciplinary action by the Public Safety Office or through other applicable Chatham regulations or policies.

All members of the Chatham community share the responsibility for bringing the Policy to the attention of visitors. Enforcement of the policy in each facility or unit is the responsibility of each unit supervisor through reasonable enforcement efforts. Any complaints concerning the application of this Policy should be brought to the attention of the appropriate university administrators.

Addressing a violation
Compliance is everyone’s responsibility. If you see someone violating the Policy, approach the person in a kind, compassionate way. You might say, "Hi, I'm Carson. Chatham recently became a smoke-free campus. If you want to smoke, please wait until you are away from university property. If you want to quit, the university has a great list of resources."

Also, the Policy’s compliance will be enforced by Public Safety.

If the person continues to smoke after being reminded about the policy, you are encouraged to report the incident to the building manager in charge of the nearest building. You may report an employee to his or her supervisor or to Public Safety, 412-365-1230. For students, you may report the incident to the Office of Student Affairs, or 412-365-1286.


Journey to a
Smoke-free Life

Resources for Employees
Chatham has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan to provide a variety of smoking-cessation and other health coaching resources at no cost to all employees. We believe that the investment in these programs yields the best results for employees to quit tobacco use. This includes full- and part-time employees and employees do not have to be covered by the UPMC Health Plan.

To request a group presentation about the smoke- and tobacco-free policy and smoking-cessation options for employees, contact Chatham's Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Frank Greco, or 412-365-1680.

Resources for Students
Students are encouraged to visit the Student Health Services located in Woodland Hall to obtain advisement, referrals and resources about smoking cessation.

Students enrolled in Chatham's UPMC health insurance are eligible for the "Ready to Quit" telephonic health coaching at no charge. These students are also eligible for free nicotine replacement therapy, up to the use of Chantix.

Smoking-cessation support groups are available if there is enough interest. For availability and more details, contact Student Health Services located at Woodland Hall or call 412-365-1714.