Chatham University

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol Policy

Chatham University supports the Pennsylvania State Laws concerning drinking and acknowledges the responsibility to inform each student of her/his obligation to abide by these laws; any infraction makes her/him liable to punitive action from the State. The University is not responsible for, and will offer no protection for violators of these laws.

Drinking in excess is dangerous to one's health and may be detrimental to one's academic endeavors. Chatham University prohibits excessive drinking and disturbing behaviors that result from excessive alcohol use and has developed guidelines to promote responsible alcohol use.

In brief, the law prohibits the purchase, consumption, possession, or transportation of intoxicating liquors or malt or brewed beverages by a minor (under age 21), and prohibits any other person to sell, furnish or give such beverages, or to permit any of these beverages to be sold, furnished, or given to any minor. The law also prohibits any person or group from selling alcoholic beverages without an appropriate license from the State of Pennsylvania.

All alleged violations of the alcohol policy will be processed through the Student Honor Code. The following regulations govern the campus community both at large and specifically in the residence areas:

  1. Chatham University adheres to the Pennsylvania State laws regarding the purchase, possession, consumption, or transportation of alcoholic beverages by minors.
  2. Resident students, 21 years or older, are permitted to transport, possess, and consume alcoholic beverages in their private rooms in the residence halls or in the apartments. Resident students, 21 years or older, are not permitted to serve alcohol in their rooms to residents under the legal age.
  3. Alcohol is prohibited in public areas including bathrooms, hallways, student lounges, TV rooms, kitchens, public University grounds, etc.
  4. Kegs, party balls, and any other similar sources of large quantities of alcohol are prohibited in all residence areas, including private rooms.
  5. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests. Guests must adhere to all residence hall policies that pertain to their host. For example, if the Resident student is not 21 years of age, their guest (regardless of age) may not consume alcohol in Chatham Residence communities. Also, if a guest of a Chatham student violates the campus alcohol policy or other policies while intoxicated, their Chatham student host will also be charged with the policy violation.
  6. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at any student function sponsored by an undergraduate student group or organization. Unless specifically authorized by the Office of the President of the University, no University funds, including student activities fees, are to be spent for alcohol by groups, organizations or their representatives.
  7. Students, as members of the college community, represent Chatham by their actions. Therefore, students shall not attend College events (on or off campus) while intoxicated and a student's behavior shall not be disruptive to the community. Students who return to the residence intoxicated, whether 21 years of age or not, and violate other polices (including but not limited to quiet hours, escort policy, etc.) will be receive an Honor Code Violation on charges of alcohol and/or other violations.
  8. An underage student who is in the presence of alcohol with underage students who are found to be drinking or with a significant quantity of alcohol that is out of proportion with the number of students over the age of 21 can be found in violation of the alcohol policy. Students should use their best judgment and not partake in situations that involve underage drinking of any sort or large quantities of alcohol.

Drug Policy

Chatham University supports the Federal, State and municipal laws governing the illegal use, possession or transferring of any narcotic drug, such as, but not limited to, marijuana or heroin, or other drugs such as LSD, barbiturates, or amphetamines. The University will not be responsible for, nor offer protection to, any student violating these laws. In addition, the University requires students to refrain from involving themselves and other students in any violation of these laws.

Students are not permitted to use, possess, distribute, sell or be under the influence of narcotics, hallucinogens, dangerous drugs, or other controlled substances. All violations of the drug policy will be processed through the Student Conduct Board and also through the local court system if appropriate.

As part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, students should understand how any drug-related offenses could impact their eligibility for federal student aid (Title IV). Federal student aid includes the following

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) Grant
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Direct Stafford Loan
  • Direct Parent PLUS Loan
  • Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

A conviction for any drug offense during a period of enrollment, in which a student was receiving Title IV aid, HEA program funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs, will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA program funds, loans, or work-study assistance.

This information would be obtained from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from question 23, that asks if "students have been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs." Upon receiving this information from the Federal Processor, the Office of Financial Aid will notify students in a timely manner if they have lost eligibility and will then also be advised upon how they can regain eligibility.