Pitt will be open for the fall. All activities of the University—teaching, housing and residence life, student activities, food services, research, athletics and more—will still occur, but according to the requirements in our infection prevention and control program. We will modify some of our activities to ensure that they remain safe and consistent with our commitment to managing risks related to the novel coronavirus.

The University remains committed to providing the finest educational experience, with the health, safety and well-being of our campus community guiding every decision we make. As government restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic relax, we will continue to share the latest updates so students and their families can plan for the fall term.

Following the recommendations of the University-wide task forces and public health and safety experts, the University of Pittsburgh has announced changes to its fall term calendar. These changes will bring students back to campus a few weeks earlier in August and allow in-person classes to conclude prior to Thanksgiving.

Updated June 9

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Flex@PittRather than choosing between in-person and remote instruction this fall, the University is planning for a hybrid model that allows for maximum flexibility. This new model will leverage technology-enhanced classrooms that can serve both in-person attendees and remote attendees. Faculty will receive training and support on this new model and the associated technologies, and support for all members of the community will be available through the Center for Teaching and Learning and Pitt IT. Additional details about Flex@Pitt will be provided in the near term.

The University will deliver summer courses remotely, with the possibility of a few exceptions for clinical or field experiences that may become possible later in the summer.

Read a message to returning students from Provost Ann E. Cudd.

Updated June 9

We understand that graduate and professional students often engage in experiential educational opportunities, including client representation, for which they earn credit that take place off campus. Students in such cases may wish or need to continue these activities in order to obtain necessary professional training, receive credit to graduate, or meet ethical duties and responsibilities to the profession.

Students in such a situation should consult with their respective schools in order to understand whether and to what extent their participation in these activities should be modified or curtailed. These matters will be largely left to the discretion of the individual schools to determine based on curricular, accreditation, and professional training requirements. However, if any  student feels that these activities place them at unacceptably high health risk, they should be supported in their efforts to find alternatives.

Questions about such alternatives can be referred to their Dean or the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies.

Updated March 23

If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an academic accommodation, please contact Disability Resources and Services (412-648-7890). Students who are currently established with DRS are encouraged to contact their disability specialist should they require assistance.

For all modifications for fall 2020, whether to our physical spaces or how we work, teach and learn, plans are being made to ensure spaces, materials and platforms are accessible.

Updated June 9

Pitt will be open for the fall. The current planning effort supports all activities of the University, including teaching, housing and residence life, student activities, food services, research, athletics and more. These activities will still occur, but according to the new requirements outlined in our infection prevention and control program. As a result, we will need to modify some of our activities to ensure that they remain safe and consistent with our commitment to manage risks related to the novel coronavirus.

Updated June 8

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Updated March 23

Changing the instructional environment at Pitt will NOT affect international students’ current standing as enrolled students. Pitt's Office of International Services is in contact with the University's international students and scholars. All immigration-related questions should be directed to the Office of International Services. Delo Blough (delo.blough@pitt.edu) is the point of contact for matters pertaining to Pitt's international population.

Updated March 23

Campus Mail manages the collection and delivery of all University correspondence, a service available to all departments. During this time, we continue to process mail as an essential service to the Pitt community. Check the latest updates, including scheduling a mail pick-up at our campus facility, USPS/UPS/FedEx package deliveries and more.

Updated March 23

Students who return home and are thus unable to work at their on-campus jobs, or students who are uncomfortable returning to campus to work, will continue to be paid through the end of their employment period, according to their standard work schedules. We encourage students to return home and speak with their supervisors. TAs/TFs, GSAs and GSRs will continue to receive their stipend through the end of the term of their appointment.

Updated March 13

All spring, summer and fall study abroad and study away programming has been canceled for calendar year 2020.

Pitt’s Study Abroad Office has contacted affected students and faculty, and Jeff Whitehead (whitehead@pitt.edu) is the point of contact for study abroad and study away programming. In addition, Pitt Global Operations Support, and particularly Global Operations Support Manager Ian McLaughlin (ian.mclaughlin@pitt.edu), is available to provide additional guidance.

Updated March 30

At this time there are no plans to change the start date of any of the summer sessions. As needed, flexibility will be granted to faculty in conveying final term grades as well as to departments with respect to certification of graduation requirements.

Updated March 16

Where can I find information on working, teaching or learning remotely?

In support of Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd’s message for faculty on the change in operations, along with Vice Chancellor of Human Resources David DeJong’s message to staff, the following resources are available to help students, faculty and staff with tools and guidance for remote working, learning and teaching.

The University Center for Teaching and Learning hosts information and resources to ensure course continuity. Instructors can find information on course delivery options, educational technology tools, a preparedness checklist, and support and guidance.

Pitt Information Technology provides a wealth of resources for remote work.

Updated June 19

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What is Zoombombing and how do I prevent it?

The rapid adoption of Zoom video conferencing by universities across the country has helped facilitate remote teaching and work—including across all Pitt campuses. Unfortunately, this most useful tool has also become the target of “Zoombombing” by bad actors, a practice in which uninvited attendees disrupt a meeting by sharing inappropriate or offensive material.

Updated June 19

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