Academic Standards and Guidelines are in development. This page will be updated when decisions are final. The following has been confirmed:

Academic Calendar

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.

Key Dates:

  • Aug. 19: Fall classes begin remotely
  • Aug. 24: Fall classes begin in person, when appropriate
  • Sept. 4: Course add/drop period ends
  • Sept. 7: Labor Day, classes will take place on this date
  • Nov. 20: Fall term, on-campus classes end
  • Dec. 5: Fall term ends

The remote start on Aug. 19 will enable all students to have an equitable start to their semester, regardless of whether they can physically make it back to campus by the earlier date due to leases or other considerations. And, in the event that we need to run some classes in a rotating cohort mode, the remote start allows those details to be conveyed to the entire group in the same format. The complete academic calendar is available from the University Registrar

Flex @ Pitt

The Flex @ Pitt concept allows for in-person, remote, synchronous and asynchronous approaches to courses that will build on the innovative ways instructors have already adapted to the ever-changing learning environment this year.

The Flex @ Pitt model of teaching will allow us to be flexible through all operational postures. This model allows faculty and students to avoid coming to classrooms when they deem it unsafe for their personal circumstances, or when the operational posture dictates. In addition, we are asking faculty and staff to work from home when they are not teaching or when it is possible for them to accomplish their research or administrative tasks remotely.

While some very large lectures will be fully remote, we expect most students will have an in-person experience at least once a week for each class, and for classes with fewer than 60 people, most students will be able to participate in-person every class if they choose. 

Classroom Scheduling and Technology

In order to maintain and support physical distancing not only in the classroom, but also in our halls, restrooms and shared spaces, our classroom capacity will be significantly reduced—and we’ll be finding some creative spaces to utilize as classrooms! Decisions about classrooms will be communicated by mid-July.

Faculty and staff will also be surveyed to assess technology needs and ensure they are met.