By May 15, all five counties that are home to University of Pittsburgh campuses will have a yellow phase designation, per the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This new designation has no immediate impact on Pitt’s operational stance, and our use of remote learning and working from home will continue. At the same time, we are actively preparing for changes in our operational status and prioritizing the expansion of research functions performed onsite.
The University of Pittsburgh has been expecting and actively planning for the easing of government restrictions related to the pandemic. As these restrictions relax, the University will issue our own guidance on how to best support the safety and well-being of our campus communities under the Yellow Phase designation.
Until then, our current reduced operating status—including our use of remote work and learning—remains in place. We will continue to keep our community members informed as our operating status evolves.
With the University operating in a modified status, internal planning to ramp up physical operations has begun. Three task forces are envisioning the process from multiple perspectives to align with public safety guidance.
The University of Pittsburgh has reviewed and implemented all provisions in the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations. The University had already taken many steps outlined in the order, including staggering start and break times, enforcing social distancing, providing masks and screening employees. Updated guidance for mask usage was provided to all employees who perform essential physical operations.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher | May 1
During this intense period of planning and preparation, our primary goal is to explore maximizing activities related to our core mission while still honoring our responsibilities to manage the spread of COVID-19. This work will hinge on a number of factors that are beyond our control—including what restrictions are in place and how many cases are occurring in the region. As a result, we will use multiple scenarios to develop our plans, and we will have to remain vigilant and flexible as we put these plans into practice.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher | March 18
As the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, the University of Pittsburgh will be taking additional steps that reduce—to an absolute minimum—the need for faculty and staff to be on our campuses while allowing our core teaching and research mission to continue.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher | March 11
Pitt campuses remain open, but the University is shifting classes to remote learning approaches, beginning March 23.