Chatham University

Letter from the President

About Chatham's Smoke- and Tobacco-free Policy

Dear Chatham Students, Staff & Faculty,

In support of Chatham’s commitment to enhancing our community’s quality of life and the overall environment on campus, a committee (comprised of staff, student and faculty representatives) was convened to explore the issue of smoke- and tobacco-free policies on college campuses. 

After reviewing this issue for over a year and following additional consultation with Chatham Student Government (CSG), Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) and a number of departments around campus, I’m pleased to announce that effective August 1, 2018, Chatham University will adopt a 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policy for all of our campus locations. With this new policy, which includes e-cigarettes, we will join the approximately 2,164 smoke- and/or tobacco-free college campuses around the country.

For those who currently use tobacco, Human Resources and Student Health Services are working with our partners at UPMC to continue providing a number of existing (and some new) resources to support those who wish to quit smoking. More information on the resources is available through the website and updates will be provided later this summer and fall.

Chatham is committed to providing support and encouragement over the coming months to help everyone adjust to the changes our campuses will experience with this new policy. If you have questions about how the policy may impact you, please contact your direct supervisor, Human Resources or Student Affairs.


David Finegold