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

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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Dining

Carry-out service remains available for students remaining on campus during the summer. Dine-in services are unavailable due to a statewide requirement.

Forbes Street Market is open daily for students remaining on campus during the summer. The market is open 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Exclusive shopping hours for senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with health concerns: 8-10 a.m. Sundays.

Fall 2020 Housing, Dining and Campus Facilities: In the coming weeks, we will also be announcing measures we are taking to de-densify campus, including residence halls, dining halls and classrooms, and to modify and restrict these spaces and other campus facilities. These updates will be communicated as soon as they are available, and the latest information will be posted to this website. Move-in for University housing will take place Aug. 13-16.

Updated June 9

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

Free 20-minute legal consultations for students, sponsored by the Student Government Board (SGB), have been extended through the summer.
 
Students may schedule virtual appointments with independent attorneys by contacing the SGB office at 412-648-7970. Students will need to provide their PeopleSoft number and Pitt email address.
 
Additional information is available on the SGB Student Legal Services website.

Updated March 30

Mail and package forwarding services are available on Pitt’s Mailing Services website. Complete the form to forward mail and packages to your current address.

If you have not completed a forward request, mail and parcels will be held at Panther Post in the Towers lobby. Satellite mail locations are closed at this time. Mail from these locations has been forwarded to Panther Post in Towers.

If you have any questions, please contact Panther Post at 412-648-1156 or email Pitt’s 24/7 Panther Central hotline is available to answer questions at 412-648-1100. Panther Central’s main on-site location in Litchfield Towers has transitioned to limited hours of operation.

Walk-in services are not available at this time. To make a request, please call 412-648-1100, email panthercentral@pitt.edu or chat on www.pc.pitt.edu.

Panther Central Express, located in Sutherland Hall, is closed until further notice.

Updated March 22

In the wake of the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the University is waiving the following student fees, where applicable, across all campuses for students enrolled in courses during summer 2020 sessions: The Student Activity Fee; Wellness Fee; Student Health Service Fee; Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee; Student Facility Fee; and Student Recreation Fee. The University continues to provide as many services as possible, remotely, to ensure uninterrupted access whenever possible.

The Computing and Network Service Fees will be required as a mandatory fee for summer sessions.

We understand many students’ plans and progress were disrupted by COVID-19. Given these impacts, any undergraduate student taking between 12 and 18 credits and any graduate student taking between 13 and 15 credits in the summer 2020 term, who would typically pay a per-credit rate, will pay a fixed rate tuition that is based on what they would have paid for a full-time course load in spring 2020. Those students who are already enrolled in a fixed-rate summer program will continue to pay that amount. We hope this support eases the burden for our students and encourages students to speak with their academic advisor on planning their academic progress and with any questions they might have about credit hours.

Updated March 16

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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