Chatham University

Activities and Services for Military Students

There are lots of great things to do at Chatham University and in the Pittsburgh area, and there are also many programs specifically for Military Students here at Chatham. Be sure and check your email for the Chatham Happenings or Grad News Update emails, as well as the Activites Calendar and myChatham Happenings for detailed information on events and programs.

For questions on any of these programs connect with the Office of Student Affairs at 412-365-1286 or at

Student Organizations are a great way to get involved on campus. You may find one or many that you would be interested in joining. Students who would like to connect with an organization or create a new Student Organization can connect with the Office of Student Activities at studentactivities@chatham.eduor 412-365-1281.

Student Deployment Policy

When a student in the Reserves or in the National Guard is called to active duty, the student must notify the Program Director and provide proof of deployment prior to being deployed. The proof may be faxed, mailed, or hand-carried to the Program Director and forwarded to the office of the Dean, who will then forward it to the Registrar. Proof may take the form of general orders cut by the company commander. When a student is activated during the term, Financial Aid, Registrar, and Student Accounts policies will take effect. Please contact these three offices for specific information. If a student is called to active duty near the end of the term, the student and faculty members may determine that incomplete (I) grades are more appropriate. In this case, tuition will not be waived. For more information connect with the Office of Academic Affairs or connect with your college dean.

Darlene Motley, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Arts, Science & Business

Yellow Ribbon Program

Chatham University is pleased to announce its participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) effective August 1, 2009. A provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the program provides matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers tuition and fees not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning. The Yellow Ribbon Program will match tuition and fees in excess of the portion funded by the GI Bill which are waived by Chatham. This program is available for women applying to undergraduate degree programs, and to women and men applying to graduate and online degree programs. 
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

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Designated as a Military Friendly School, Chatham University awards undergraduate credit for knowledge gained from military training and courses. The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated and established credit recommendations for learning gained from all branches of the military. Please contact Chatham University's Office of PLA for additional information on ACE Military Guide credit toward your undergraduate degree.


Student Health and Wellness

Athletic and Fitness Center

The Athletic and Fitness Center is a multifunctional facility where in the lowest level is home to an eight-lane competition swimming pool, whirlpool/sauna/steam room, squash courts, and rock-climbing wall. The main floor of the building holds a dance/aerobics studio as well as the weight and cardio room. The dance/aerobics studio is ideal for yoga, aerobics, martial arts, and dance. The weight and cardio room combines strength training and cardio-vascular equipment including free weights, weight machines, treadmills, elliptical machines, bikes, stair-climbers, and rowing machines. On the second floor, there is a performance court for basketball and volleyball. From the third floor, a three lane jogging track overlooks the gymnasium. During the academic year free fitness classes are offered to help promote health and wellness to all Chatham University community members. For more information on facility amenities, guest policies, programming and classes, please visit the Athletic and Fitness Center website or contact Danielle Pais, Athletic and Fitness Center Coordinator at

Counseling Services

All members of Chatham University’s Counseling Services staff have completed the online courses Military Cultural Competence and Working with Service Members and Veterans with Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD) from this online training website. Students enrolled at full-time status are eligible for individual counseling and brief psychotherapy at Counseling Services. Part-time students are eligible for intake and referral services.

We work to better ensure that our staff is knowledgeable in areas of mental health that are unique to the needs of student veterans. If a student veteran is experiencing emotional distress related to mental health issues or experiencing severe emotional disturbances such as PTSD, he or she may make an appointment at Counseling Services. A counselor will be able to perform a mental health assessment/evaluation to determine the appropriate course of action, as well as to determine the best suited community agency to refer students to. The VA Hospital of Pittsburgh is one agency that offers specialized mental health treatment and a variety of support services for veterans and their families. Additionally, students who are experiencing difficulties or stress related to a family member or loved one who is a veteran or on active military duty can receive short-term supportive individual counseling. If you are a veteran or a member of active duty and you feel that you may benefit from short-term individual counseling and/or assistance with locating appropriate mental health or support services in the community, please do not hesitate to contact the Counseling Services of Chatham University.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services welcomes veterans. We appreciate your military service and are ready to assist you in meeting your health and wellness needs at Chatham University. We offer a variety of services and educational programs which you, as an enrolled student, are able to access. In partnership with UPMC Urgent Care we provide nurse triage and assessment, as well as transportation to the Urgent Care facility to receive immediate care for illness and injury by a physician.

Student Health Services is committed to working with students to insure that those needing on-going or specialty care are given guidance and receive referrals to providers in the neighboring area. We also have information available for veterans to help navigate the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System if you are entitled to benefits. For details please contact the Office of Student Health and Wellness at 412.365.1238.

Student Health Insurance

The University requires that all full-time students, both undergraduate and graduate, carry health insurance coverage. Coverage can be provided by the University sponsored Accident and Sickness Insurance plan or through your own comparable health insurance plan. The University sponsored Accident and Sickness insurance plan is designed to meet basic health care needs at an affordable cost. The plan provides a maximum benefit of $250,000 per lifetime. The premium is billed directly to your student account and split evenly between the Fall and Spring Semesters. Insured students may also add their eligible dependents to the plan by going online to

Waiving Student Health Insurance

If you have alternate insurance that has carried over from the service or any other alternative coverage, you may waive enrollment in the University sponsored plan by visiting my.chatham.eduand clicking on the "Health Insurance" link to complete the waiver process. A pending charge for the health insurance premium will be placed on your student account upon registration at full-time status. If you have alternate coverage and you process a waiver before the waiver deadline, the pending charge will be removed. Any full-time student who does not complete the waiver process online by the semester deadline will automatically be enrolled in the Chatham University Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan, and will be responsible for all premium amounts charged to their student account.

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Vaccination Records

Chatham requires that you provide your vaccination records to Student Health Services before the first day of classes. Failure to provide your records will prevent you from enrolling for subsequent semesters. Proof of MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella) & Hepatitis B are required. Others, such as vaccines for chickenpox, tetanus, hepatitis A, and polio, are only recommended so that we have that information on file should illness break out on campus. For more information, or if you need vaccinations, please visit Student Health Services.

Other Services

Getting Your Books

Books for your courses should be available at the Chatham Bookstore. If you cannot find a required text, please contact the bookstore manager at 412-365-1661 or 412-365-1271.

Finding Out Where Classes Are Held

Please refer to your schedule and the campus map or contact the director of your program to find out where your classes will be held. Click here to view the online academic schedule.

If One of Your Courses Is Cancelled

Courses that you have registered for may be cancelled due to low enrollments. If this is the case, please contact your faculty advisor to choose another course that is offered.

For Teaching Students Only

All students taking education courses are required to have current and valid Act 33 and 34 clearances in order to register for courses. This is a requirement of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To obtain forms, please contact your faculty advisor. In addition, Pennsylvania now requires that all teaching students submit passing PPST Praxis scores before enrolling in the program. Again, please contact your program director with questions.

Adding/Dropping Classes

Students must register for classes on the date indicated in the University calendar. You may access the University calendar at With the approval of the instructor and the relevant program director, courses may be added or dropped the first week of the term. There are no academic penalties for adds and drops occurring within the prescribed deadlines. After the prescribed deadlines, all requested course changes must be approved by the relevant program director. Procedures for adding and dropping courses past the deadlines may be obtained from the Registrar. In all cases, a fee will be charged for any authorized course change occurring after the prescribed deadlines.