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Graduate Student Welcome

We are looking forward to welcoming you into the Chatham community at the Virtual Graduate Student Welcome! We will be offering two virtual sessions where new graduate students will have an opportunity to learn about campus resources and meet faculty, staff, and other graduate students. 

The Graduate Student Welcome will be a chance for you to learn what is available to you as a graduate student, including support services, events, and more. Registration is now open! Please register by August 7th.

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Please carefully review the rest of this website for information that will help you prepare for your first term at Chatham. Please remember, you must complete the following two items before the first day of classes: (1) Submit your photo for your Student ID, and (2) Complete Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students course. Information about both can be found below.

Download the Schedule (pdf)


Graduate Student Welcome Dates

  • Wednesday, August 12th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 18th from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Student ID Information

Your Student ID will help you gain access to places around campus, including the fitness center and computer labs, and it also includes a bus pass for the Pittsburgh Port Authority (this takes up to 5 business days from the printing of your ID to become active, so please plan accordingly).

This year, all students must use the online submission process for their student ID. This will ensure your ID is ready for pick-up before you start classes. Upon completion of your Student ID form, the Office of Student Affairs will provide information on how you can pick up your ID, including pick up times before and after classes start.

Please visit the Student ID website to review the guidelines and instructions for submitting your form. Submit by July 24, 2020 for processing.


Sexual Assault Prevention

With data from the National Institute of Justice showing that one in five college women (and one in 16 men) will experience some form of non-consensual sexual activity by graduation, the widespread impact of sexual violence on students presents an urgent and pressing challenge for our nation's campuses. Sexual Assault Prevention addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, which impact countless college students across the country.

All students will receive an introductory e-mail in late July along with instructions for completing the course. You must complete the first phase of the course before beginning classes.


Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)

GSA functions as an advisory committee for graduate student programs and initiatives. Two or more representatives from each program will serve on the committee. Students are able to self-nominate or be nominated by Graduate Program Directors to these positions. 

Students meet monthly with the Assistant Director of Residence Life & Student Engagement and Dean of Students to: 

  • Discuss the campus climate, graduate student programming, and other graduate student focused initiatives
  • Represent and advocate for the issues, concerns, and proposals of other graduate students
  • Meetings are held on both Shadyside and Eastside campuses

GSA Advisor Contact: Simmone Bell (s.bell@chatham.edu)

Graduates can self-nominate for GSA or contact their Graduate Program Director.


Student Honor Code

As citizens of the campus community focused on education, students must accept certain obligations that accrue by virtue of such citizenship. Consequently, students must adhere to community standards in accordance with the University's mission and expectations.

Read the Complete Honor Code