Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources

Wondering about getting accommodations for a disability? Need a tutor to help you pass your next chemistry exam? Looking for someone to review your papers? Stressing out about managing your college schedule? Let the Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources (OAAR) help you paddle your way to success!

Chatham is committed to supporting you with the academic and accessibility resources that you need to succeed. OAAR offers a wide array of academic and disability support services for the entire Chatham student population.

Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources

Jennie King Mellon Library
Phone: 412-365-1523
Fax: 412-365-1660
Email OAAR

OAAR is open from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with additional hours by appointment.

If you are a current student and would like to schedule an appointment for any OAAR service, register for an account and then log in to the OAAR Scheduler.

OAAR Peer Educator Training has obtained Level I Certification through CRLA. CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and peer educating at the college level.


Contact Us

If you are a prospective student, or the family member of a prospective student with questions about OAAR services, feel free to contact:

Disability Resources

Cindy Kerr, OAAR Director
Email Cindy Kerr

Academic Resources & Writing Center

Nick Maydak, Academic Support Coordinator
Email Nick Maydak

Tiffany Martin, Academic Services Administrator
Email Tiffany Martin

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our section on requesting accommodations for information on registering your disability with OAAR.
Yes. You can register your disability with us at any time, though we recommend doing it before the start of the semester. But please note that accommodations are not retroactive. If you register with us mid-way through the semester, the accommodations will only be in effect from the date you register with us.
Yes! Our services are available for all Chatham students. To register a disability and receive accommodations for online courses, follow the same procedure listed in the requesting accommodations section of our website. Your intake appointment can be conducted via phone. For tutoring or writing center support, email OAAR to learn about our online options.
No. While we offer peer tutors for many subjects and courses at Chatham, tutoring is never guaranteed. If you do not see your subject or course listed on the OAAR Tutoring Center schedule, please email OAAR to see if there are any other tutoring options available.
No! OAAR services are free to all Chatham students.
No. OAAR is not a general testing center. General make-up exams must be arranged with your instructor. Our testing rooms are only available for students who have registered with us and receive accommodations related to testing.
Please visit our Tutoring Center schedule to check for tutor availability.
Yes! OAAR staff can help you with myriad challenges facing college students, including: time management, study skills, test taking strategies, stress management, and more. Please visit our Academic Resources section for more information.
The OAAR Writing Center is available to help you with all phases of the writing process. Please visit the Writing Center page for detailed information on the writing center and scheduling process.

OAAR staff members are happy to speak with parents and caregivers of prospective students about the services we provide. We do ask that, whenever possible, the student attends the appointment as well. OAAR operates under a "Nothing about us, without us" policy. Communication about a student always involves the student directly.

Additionally, current students are protected under FERPA; we cannot discuss whether a student is utilizing our services, or any details about their progress. Once students have enrolled at Chatham, it is their responsibility to contact our office for assistance. However, we are happy to discuss individual student progress with family members if the student is present and authorizes the communication.

Disability services are always confidential. Students' diagnoses will never be disclosed to anyone outside the OAAR professional staff without the students' written consent. Because OAAR is located in the Chatham University library, and we provide a number of additional services related to academic support, students can visit our office inconspicuously. All of our services are provided on a "need-to-know" basis. We do not discuss tutoring, writing help, or academic coaching with faculty or anyone else outside necessary staff and peer educators, without students' permission.