The University of Pittsburgh’s Healthcare Advisory Group has developed health-related guidance and requirements and the University's operational risk postures. This guidance includes:

The Health Rules

There are simple things all of us must do to help keep ourselves and our community healthy and safe.

  • Properly wear your face covering. Well-fitting face coverings are required indoors, regardless of our operational posture, with very limited exceptions. Find answers to frequently asked questions about face coverings at Pitt.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, do so in a disposable tissue or your bended elbow. 
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol.
  • Frequently clean high-touch surfaces within your area, like your desk and office doorknob using the supplied materials. 
  • Try to use your elbow on high-touch public surfaces, like elevator buttons or push-open doors. 
  • Limit the time you spend with others in small spaces like bathrooms and elevators.

How Pitt Has Prepared

We completed a number of critical projects to help keep our community healthy and safe in 2020.

  • Pitt face coverings were provided for students, faculty and staff when returning to campus in 2020.
  • A group of students have partnered with Dean Bonner to write the Pitt Community Compact, a set of health and safety principles that students, faculty and staff on campus will pledge to uphold.
  • A committee of Pitt experts who study and model data related to behavior, health and decision making is providing guidance for compliance with health requirements.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place across campus. 
  • We reinforced physical distancing by rearranging furniture, installing barriers and posting signage. Physical distancing is no longer required, effective June 7, and physical changes will be reverted.
  • The occupancy capacity of buildings, classrooms and offices are significantly reduced. Occupancy capacities were lifted June 7. Spaces will return to original occupancy requirements. Face coverings are still required indoors.
  • Special attention has been paid tointerior ventilationto ensure it supports a healthy and safe work environment. 
  • We’ve installed more than 400 hand sanitizing stations around campus.
  • We’re changing the way we think about teaching, learning, living, researching and working.