Chatham University

Academic Support Services

+Disability Support Services

The Americans with Disabilities Acts Amended of 2008 (ADA-AA) prohibits discrimination based on disability in all student practices and requires reasonable accommodation for such disabilities. Chatham University's policy for disabilities complies fully with the requirements of the ADA-AA and addresses requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability.

Students who are disabled and need accommodations should register with the Chatham University PACE Center (Programs for Academic Access, Confidence, and Excellence). The PACE Center is located on the third floor of the Jennie King Mellon Library, and may also be reached at and 412-365-1523. Each student registering with the PACE Center will be scheduled for a confidential appointment with a PACE staff member to discuss the student's disability and needs. Together, student and staff member will review documentation, discuss the impact of the disability, review accommodations that have been helpful in the past, and determine reasonable accommodations that can be implemented at Chatham University. Some examples of accommodations provided for students with disabilities include: distraction-limited testing; peer note-takers; alternate format texts; Kurzweil reading system; Braille embossing; Inspiration software; and other assistive technology. PACE professional staff also offer academic coaching and mentoring, and are committed to providing students with disabilities access to Chatham's educational programs and services.

Accommodations are renewable at the beginning of each new term, as requested by the student. This dialogue between the student and the PACE staff member will continue throughout the student's enrollment at Chatham in order to assess effectiveness and make adjustments when necessary.

+PACE Center - Programs for Academic Access, Confidence and Excellence

The University's PACE Center, including the programs for Programs for Academic Access, Confidence and Excellence, is located on the third floor of the Jennie King Mellon Library. PACE offers students a comprehensive approach to academic support that is designed to maximize each student's academic success at the University. Planned collaboratively with University faculty and students, PACE Center programs enhance and support Chatham's curriculum. Services include: academic coaching, peer tutoring, professional writing specialist; graduate writing mentors; supplemental instruction; Transitions course; skill-building workshops; and services for students with disabilities.

Academic Support Services

Chatham students wishing to strengthen their academic skills are encouraged to participate in PACE Center educational enrichment opportunities. These services are available to all students, regardless of major, year, or academic circumstance.

  • Academic coaching sessions are designed to help students strengthen their academic performance by building confidence and skills. Sessions are all tailored to individual needs and typically address concerns such as: planning a schedule and managing time; studying for and taking tests; reading textbooks; taking good notes; and controlling procrastination.
  • Peer tutoring is available for many Chatham courses, and students are eligible to receive up to two hours of tutoring per course per week at no charge. Peer tutors are recommended by faculty and receive ongoing training and support from PACE professional staff.
  • The University Writing Specialist meets with Chatham students one-on-one to address their writing process issues and concerns. Together, they review papers and reports prior to submission.
  • Graduate Writing Mentors offer special assistance and support to first-year writers enrolled in First-Year Seminars. Through weekly, one-on-one meetings, students address writing challenges and polish academic writing skills.
  • Supplemental Instruction is a specialized form of academic support that focuses on both course content and learning strategies. It is made available in selected courses such as biology, chemistry, economics, mathematics, and others. Supplemental instruction sessions may be attended regularly or on a drop-in basis and are held at scheduled times throughout the semester.
  • Transitions: Essential Skills for Academic Achievement @ Chatham is a one-credit course that teaches metacognitive skills in the context of a student's first term courses at Chatham. The Transitions curriculum is based on best practices and adopts a hands-on approach to academic skill-building.
  • The Academic Skill-Building Workshops are held in fall and spring at scheduled times and locations. Workshops cover topics important to all students, such as goal setting, study skills, stress management, and time management, in a relaxed group setting.

+The Jennie King Mellon Library

The Jennie King Mellon Library serves the Chatham community as a primary research, study, and resource center. Students may access the library's collections through any internet accessible computer. The collection includes over 100,000 volumes, more than 289,000 periodical titles, most of which are available online, and over 60 electronic databases. Chatham students also have access to the vast collections of regional and national colleges and universities through the library's participation in resource sharing consortia.

The library offers a wide variety of information and instructional services, including virtual reference service, individual research consultations, database searching workshops, and course-related instruction. All of which is aimed at teaching students to become scholars and skilled at locating, evaluating, and using information in all formats. Professional librarians are available all hours the library is open to answer questions, help with research papers or projects, and show users how to find and use library and other information sources.

+Technology Resources

A primary mission of the Chatham University Information Technology Services department is to provide students with the technology resources and services to prepare them with the necessary skills to succeed in whatever path they choose.

ITS supports several public computing spaces on campus, including a 24-hour lab with both Mac and PC computers. The 24-hour lab is located on the first floor of the JKM Library and can be accessed using a valid Chatham ID from the lobby of the Library.

All residence hall rooms, classrooms, campus building, faculty, and administrative offices have Internet and wireless connectivity. Students who live in on-campus residence halls and apartments may bring their personal computers and mobile devices to Helpdesk for assistance with campus network and the Internet services.

As a part of a campus wide one-to-one program, all incoming first-year students receive a laptop, which they will own upon graduation. Use of the laptop is integrated into the University curriculum and enables students to access the Chatham network via wireless access throughout the campus.

The ITS department is located in basement of the Jennie King Mellon Library and the Helpdesk is located in Woodland Hall on the Shadyside campus. Helpdesk also has locations at Eastside in Rm. 219 and Eden Hall. All Helpdesk requests should be made to or by calling 412-365-1112.

+Carriage House Children's Center, Inc.

In the spring of 2004, Chatham University reestablished a partnership with the Carriage House Children's Center, Inc. (CHCC). CHCC was originally located on campus and in 1986 moved to its present location at 5604 Solway Street, only a short walk from Chatham. CHCC provides quality education and childcare for children ages six weeks through kindergarten, as well as an after-school program. CHCC serves as a laboratory school for Students enrolled Chatham University programs that center on early childhood education and development maybe visit CHCC for various learning experiences . Students are encouraged to consult with the appropriate education and psychology faculty or staff to learn about the many opportunities for Chatham students to become involved at CHCC.

+Career Development and Preparation and Internships

Our mission in Career Development is to support and educate students and alumni as they explore, discover, and build their place in the world. Using our Four Phases to Your Future guide, Career Development advisors provide one-on-one consulting to assist students in developing an achievable plan for career exploration, experiential learning, and goal attainment. We encourage all students to access our programs and services beginning with their first semester on campus. In addition to highly personalized career consulting, we manage the University Internship Program and the Student Employment Program.

Visit the Career Development website