If you plan to live on campus, you must shelter in place for seven days at your permanent residence, travel safely and then shelter in place for seven more days in University housing.

Students living in University-housing will be required to shelter in place in their homes for seven days prior to coming to campus and for seven days once on campus. For example, a student whose move-in date is Aug. 13 would need shelter-in-place at their permanent residence starting Aug 6., and would shelter in place on campus until Aug. 20. Depending on their arrival date and the current operational posture, some students may begin classes remotely during their shelter-in-place period and then transition to in-person classes when available.

While sheltering in place, you should:   

  • Only leave the house for medicines, food, or emergency situations.
  • Log your symptoms and exposure daily via a free, online screening tool, which will be made available in the near term    
  • Modify your exercise routines by maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet, when possible, or by wearing a face covering when 6 feet of separation is unlikely.       
  • Wear a face covering and maintain a safe physical distance around any household member who is not sheltering in place. 
  • Eat separately if members of your household are unable or unwilling to shelter in place.

Students living off campus must shelter in place for 14 days before coming onto campus and can determine if they prefer to do that all at their permanent residence, all at their off-campus residence or a combination of the two based on their situation. Students are encouraged to coordinate these plans with their room or housemates to align as closely as possible. 

If you cannot follow all of the shelter-in-place protocols, please stick to what is possible. And, if you have to work or be around others, aim to maintain six feet of physical distance between you and others, wear a face covering and wash your hands often.

Residence Life staff, in partnership with the CMRO, is planning activities for students to safely socialize during this time. 

After You Arrive at Pitt: Defining Your Pod

Students who return to campus will join a social household—what we’re calling a pod. Members of an on-campus pod live around one another and share bathroom facilities. Much like a family household, members of a pod can forgo some physical distancing restrictions. Most pods will have a small number of students (typically 4-6) who will move in at the same time; therefore, they can begin and end the second seven-day shelter-in-place requirement together.

If you live off campus, your pod consists of the permanent members within your off-campus residence. Ideally, all members of your pod should join you in sheltering in place for 14 days before your first in-person class on campus.    

Shortly after moving in, you should be able to relax certain shelter-in-place restrictions within your on-campus pod. It’s important to note that, due to our phased arrival approach, on-campus pods will finish sheltering in place (a period we are calling “pod week”) at different times. The infection risk on your campus—along with other factors—will help determine what protocols do and do not extend beyond your pod’s shelter-in-place period.