Student Unions’ Reservations Office Hours


To contact the reservations office, please call 412-648-7817 or email from 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday.

Setups can be submitted through your EMS reservation or to for all student union reservations.

Reserving Space in the Student Unions

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The Event Management System (EMS) is to be used for reserving rooms in the William Pitt Union (WPU), O’Hara Student Center (OSC), Campus Recreation facilities, Schenley Quad, Towers Patio and tabling, and other designated academic buildings during evening hours. The room reservation system provides an online means for reserving and viewing student organizations’ and Student Affairs’ room reservations across campus. Authorized users can submit requests for room reservations to be reviewed by William Pitt Union and O’Hara Student Center reservations staff.

To create an EMS account:

1. Complete the EMS quiz!

2. Apply for an account!

Here’s how:

  • You must be an officer in a SORC recognized student organization or Pitt Oakland campus staff or faculty.
  • View our EMS training Powerpoint and complete the quiz at the end of the tutorial. You must complete the quiz for your account to be activated.
  • Your quiz results will automatically be sent to us. If you do not take the quiz we won’t know you applied for an account.
  • You must also apply for an account at
  • Be sure to use your Pitt username (e.g. abc123, no needed) and current Pitt password. Alias usernames should not be used.
  • New users will be notified via e-mail when their account has been activated. Typically, accounts are activated within 3-4 business days but can take up to 1-2 weeks during peak times of the semester.

For help with the new EMS interface please watch these videos!

If your account is inactive or pending, DO NOT apply for another account! Email and we can re-activate your current account.

Student groups are eligible to have 2 members with EMS access per organization.

If you are an officer in multiple organizations, you can have access to reserve on behalf of more than one organization. Email with the student organization names and your positions within each club.

Once your account has been activated, you can begin reserving space at EMS is most user-friendly when using a computer rather than a mobile device and either Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox.

Looking for space not found in EMS? All SORC recognized student organizations and university departments are eligible to reserve space in other University buildings.

Reservation Timeline

  Fall Requests Spring Requests Summer Requests
Official University Requests Pre-confirmed Pre-confirmed Pre-confirmed
Student Affairs & Formula Groups First Monday in April Second Monday in September First Monday in February
Student Organizations Second Monday in April Third Monday in September First Monday in February
Academic & Administrative Units First Monday in May First Monday in October Second Monday in February

Recreation and Athletic Space are on a different schedule than the WPU reservation timeline, click here to view when you can reserve a facility. Any questions pertaining to Campus Recreation space, please contact Robert McCarl at

Reservation Booking Rules

Multipurpose Rooms, Outdoor Spaces 21 days in advance
Meeting Rooms, Dance Studio, & Cathedral of Learning and David Lawrence classrooms* (evenings and weekends) 7 days in advance
Information Tables 4 days in advance
* For student organizations only  

Once your event is approved, please work with your designated William Pitt Union or O’Hara Student Center contact for any questions or concerns.

Room Setups

Room setups are due to William Pitt Union Reservations or O’Hara Student Center Information Desk no later than 2 weeks before an event. Setups should be submitted to

When requesting a room, be sure to include your personal setup and tear-down time. Facilities reserved time is not for personal use and you will not have access to the room during this time.

Room Default Facilities Reserved Time
Multipurpose Rooms, Outdoor Spaces & Nordy’s Place 2 hours
Meeting Rooms & Dance Studio

30 minutes

Blank and Max Capacity Diagrams


Set Up Types & Glossary

Room Set Up Types


Frequently Used Terms

Indoor Tables

Indoor tables on the lower level of the WPU (Schenley Café) available for marketing organizations and upcoming programs.  Indoor tables are also available in Towers lobby.

Outdoor Tables

Outdoor tables in front of the WPU or Schenley Quad available for marketing organizations and upcoming programs.

Multipurpose Room

Any room that the set up can be changed and adapted to fit your needs.
*Assembly Room, Kurtzman Room, Ballroom, Lower Lounge, Dining Room A & B, 548, 630, Nordy's Place, OSC Ballroom & Dining Room

Meeting Room

Any room that must be used as found. Usually set lecture or conference style.*Kimbo Conference Room, Dining Room C, 310, 527, 538, 539, 540, 542, 822, 837, 909, 918

Web Process Templates

The list of rooms you are eligible to reserve. The rooms are grouped together under templates which can be found under the My Reservations Templates once you are logged in. Student groups have different permissions than departments and can reserve more space on campus. For example, student groups can reserve University Classrooms in the evenings and weekends while departments are unable to do so.

University Classrooms

Student groups can request classrooms in the Cathedral of Learning and David Lawrence after 9pm on evenings and 10am on weekends. Student groups are not permitted to rearrange or remove classroom furniture. All requests for audiovisual equipment are handled by Classroom Services.

User Defined Fields

The questions asked to you in EMS in order to collect as much information about your event as possible.


Depending on the type of event space you are looking to reserve, below are some questions EMS will need to know:

  • Date of event
  • Desired location
  • Event start and end time (this should include your personal set up and tear-down time)
  • Advertised start and end times
  • Expected attendance
  • University/SORC account number
  • Description of event (as detailed as possible)
  • Will you be having non-Pitt speakers or guests?
  • Will you be having food/beverage?
  • If you are having food, would you like to compost your food waste?
  • Will anyone under the age of 18 be present?
  • Will there be sales or fundraising?
  • Is your event open to anyone or private?
  • Submit a room diagram by attaching to your reservation in EMS or emailing or

For additional information regarding event planning, including potential costs, food forms, and other policies and procedures, click here.


General Questions

What do I do if my account is inactive?

Your account status is switched to “inactive” when you have not used it or made a reservation in the past semester. Send an email to asking for your account to be reactivated. You will receive an email confirmation within a few days when it has been reactivated. Please do not reapply for an account.

I am an officer in two clubs. How can I reserve space on behalf of both?

Send an email to Please include the clubs you are involved in and what positions you hold.

How many people can have EMS access for my student organization?

Two students per organization. Please let us know when officer transitioning is happening so we can make sure the appropriate students have access to reserve on behalf of the organization.



How do I know what room(s) to reserve that would meet my needs?

It is important to know what the purpose of your event is and your expected attendance before putting in your EMS request. You can find room capacities on either EMS or max diagram templates on the Reservations webpage.

How do I check if space is available?

​You can use the Browse feature on the left-hand side of the EMS website. You do not need to have an EMS account to browse for space.

How do I check a rooms’ set up capabilities and capacities?

See our WPU Max Capacities Guide

I requested a space, now what?

Within 2-4 weeks, you will receive an email from a staff member in the WPU or OSC stating your next steps.  If you would like to check with the reservations office regarding the status of your event, please contact either or no later than 2 weeks before an event.  Meeting rooms will be set as is. To see sample setups, stop by the WPU Reservations desk Monday through Friday 9am-5pm or visit our Reservations webpage.

How do I schedule recurring meetings?

First, select a template under the Create a Reservation tab. Next to where you select a date and time you will see a Recurrence button. There you will be able to set your reoccurring needs. Once you have confirmed your needs EMS will automatically select rooms that meet your needs and identify which dates have conflicts. You will then continue your selection process as normal and/or change the location for dates with conflicts.