Carnegie Mellon University

These resources are provided to all of our Ph.D. students and are there to help you find answers, support, and contacts.

Health & Wellness


The SCS Ph.D. Dean’s Advisory Committee has recently put together a “Remote Wellness Resources for SCS Ph.D. Students” document for up to date resources, links and information to assist with remote work and the challenges it presents:  This document includes resources for general wellness, physical wellness, mental wellness, funding and ergonomic support and social support.

A fundamental focus of the Task Force on the CMU Experience has been on the expansion of services and prevention efforts that attend to the holistic well-being of every student. 

The College Liaison for the School of Computer Science is Ms. Angela (Angie) Lusk. She is the Student Affairs point of contact for all graduate students in the College and can be a sounding board and connector for you in identifying support resources and strategies for the upcoming year. Her contact info is or 412-268-7117.

The health, safety, and well-being of our graduate students is the foundation of student life. Success in professional activities, academics and research, as well as personal activities comes from this foundation.

The Counceling and Psychological Services (CaPS) provides a safe, confidential environment for students to talk about personal and academic concerns. They also provide consultation services for faculty, staff, and family members who are concerned about a student or have questions.

5 Things You Should Know About CaPS
1. All students currently enrolled at the Pittsburgh campus are eligible for services at CaPS at no additional cost to them.

2. All services are confidential.

3. CaPS is one of many support resources on campus available to help CMU students with a range of struggles. We can help you identify what resources are the best fit for your needs.

4. You are not alone! CaPS sees about 15% of the student population each year. These are undergraduate and graduate students who at some point throughout the year decided to seek help with their struggles.

5. Asking for help is a sign of psychological strength, not weakness. At some point in life, most of us will experience some psychological hardship that could benefit from professional support. Asking for help when needed can result in a faster and more long-lasting recovery.

· If at any point a student feels that they need counseling or other support, they are encouraged to call Counseling and Psychological Services, or CaPS, at 412-268-2922 at any time for help


School of Medicine Health, Wellness, and Resilience Resources:

The University Counseling Center is here to provide support to the Pitt community. Please review our online services and resources to support our BIPOC students and allies.

PantherWELL Coordinator: Megan Stahl

Nordenberg Hall – Wellness Center 2nd Floor
119 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
8:30 a.m. 5 p.m.

Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please note: University Counseling Center is closed on weekends and all University holidays, including the winter recess.
If you are in an emergency situation where danger is imminent and immediate help is required, call 911 or the Pitt Police at 412-624-2121

UCC Mental Health Crisis Response:
412-648-7930 x1

Sexual Assault Response:

re:solve Crisis Network:

Online Services & Resources
Racial Trauma & Self-Care Resources
Virtual Wellness Workshops
Virtual Group Counseling
Diversity-Related Resources
Resources for Allies

VIDEO Resources:
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Part 2:

COVID-19 Resources


A Tartan’s Responsibility outlines the expectations the university has for all CMU students who will resume living, learning, working and interacting with our campus community, whether living on or off campus. By coming to Pittsburgh for in-person instruction, research and campus engagement, students agree to adhere to rules both on and off campus, for as long as they are in effect.

Information and resources for the CMU Community: or

Updates & Announcements:

CMU Daily COPVID-19 Health Check:

CaPS Services for the CMU Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic


The University of Pittsburgh is a community of students, staff, faculty, administrators and partners. As an institution of higher education, the health and safety of our community is vital to our mission. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the lives of us all. College campuses are typically denser and more diverse than other communities, and because of that, we must take additional precautions. While the circumstances that result from the pandemic may change over time, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to keep our community safe and healthy. To help foster this environment for all, we present the following principles—drafted by Pitt undergraduate, graduate and professional students—to uphold the health and safety of our community.

Updates & Announcement:

University of Pittsburgh Daily COVID-19 Health Check:

Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities


The Office of Disability Resources works with many graduate students regarding potential accommodations and academic/holistic support. They have a continued mission to provide physical and programmatic campus access to all events and information within the Carnegie Mellon community.  They work to ensure that qualified individuals receive reasonable accommodations as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Students who would like to receive accommodations must submit a Voluntary Disclosure of Disability Form to to begin the interactive accommodation process. You can learn more about the services they provide here:

Students with disabilities are encouraged to self-identify with Equal Opportunity Services by contacting Larry Powell, 412-268-2013, to access the services available at the university and initiate a request for accommodations. For more information please see


It is the policy of the University of Pittsburgh to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in the provision of reasonable accommodations for individuals who voluntarily disclose and provide documentation of a disability.

The purpose of an accommodation is to ensure an equal educational opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities. Accommodations may include auxiliary aides and services, as well as modifications to academic requirements as necessary to minimize the impact of the disability.  For more information please see or contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services or (412) 648-7890

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault, Title IX


Sexual harassment and sexual assault are prohibited by CMU, as is retaliation for having brought forward a concern or allegation in good faith. The policy can be viewed in its entirety at: If you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, you are encouraged to make contact with any of the following resources:

  • Office of Title IX Initiatives,, 412-268-7125
  • Sexual Harassment Advisors, found in appendix A of the Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault;
  • Survivor Support Network, found in appendix B of the Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault;
  • Sexual Harassment Process and Title IX Coordinators, found in section II of the Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault;
  • University Police, 412-268-2323
  • University Health Services, 412-268-2157
  • Counseling & Psychological Services, 412-268-2922

Sexual Harassment Training 


The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX is here to assist in responding to and addressing reports of harassment and discriminations. Our office oversees policies and processes to respond to bias incidents. We also provide education and training on prevention and reduction of discrimination and harassment. Incident reporting and response is a critical component of building that culture.  The Report Form can be found here:

Contact: Katie Pope, Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights and Title IX – or (412) 648-7860
You can also contact the office via main phone line: (412) 648-7860 (M-F 8:30am – 5:00pm)
*If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency situation, please contact the PITT police (412) 648-2121 or dial 911.

Sexual Harassment Training

 Ombudsperson School of Medicine
Daniel C. Devor
Professor, Department of Cell Biology

The Ombudsperson assists graduate students and postdocs with resolving conflicts and issues that arise in the course of their education and training that they believe have not or cannot be addressed within their academic department. The Ombudsperson can help mediate conflicts and provides information about institutional policies related to the student’s issues, including the University’s grievance procedures. The Ombudsperson directs students and postdocs to further resources on campus as appropriate.




At Carnegie Mellon University, our people are our greatest asset.  Diversity, equity and inclusion guide our values and serve as our foundation. We seek and cultivate diverse populations and perspectives and promote equity and inclusion. We do so because it is paramount to our health and well-being. Diversity, equity and inclusion are also critical to academic excellence and innovation. We must not only define these words, we must also be vigilant in our commitment to build and sustain a community that embraces these core values.

The College Liaison for the School of Computer Science (for Ph.D. students) is Jodi Forlizzi – or (412) 606-1702

Contact the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion: or (412) 268-2150


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion strives to advance Pitt’s efforts to embed diversity as a transformational force in academic excellence and professional growth through education, the celebration of diversity, and the fair and objective response to complaints and concerns.

Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:, or (412) 648-7860

Racial Trauma & Self -Care Resources:

CPCB Diversity & Inclusion Members:

Committee Members:
Maria Chikina, PITT
Yajushi Khurana, PITT
Dora Li, CMU
Hannah Schriever, PITT
Russell Schwartz, CMU
Mostofa Uddin, CMU
Hanxi Xiao, PITT

CMU Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) and PITT Biomedical Graduate Student Assembly (BGSA)

GSA Info:

BGSA Info:

List of CPCB GSA Committee and Members:

Ombudsperson: Sophia Hu
President: Monica Dayao
VP: Gaby Gerlach
Student Seminar Coordinator: Ian Dunn
Pitt GSA rep: Swapnil Keshari
CMU GSA rep: Caleb Ellington
Treasurer: Drew McNutt
Social Media Manager: Yajushi Khurana
Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator: Steven Smeal
Senators: Shahul Alam, Alex Hummels, Thomas Rachman, Hanxi Xiao