Flex @ Pitt is a reinvention of the instructional model during the pandemic, offering in-person learning for our students when conditions allow for it, and providing faculty with tools and support to deliver robust teaching remotely when necessary. Flex @ Pitt—and all of our academic and operations planning—is underpinned by the operational postures and health rules developed by Pitt’s Healthcare Advisory Group (HCAG), and are designed to adapt to changing conditions of the virus and our campuses.
Flex @ Pitt also accommodates community members—instructors and graduate and undergraduate students—whose personal health risk or circumstances prevent them from coming to the classroom, even with very rigorous health and safety measures in place.
In-person learning at Pitt will take place when the University is operating in the Guarded Risk Posture, where gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed. We are working to ensure that in this posture, students can have at least one in-person class each week for each course they take, with the exception of large lectures without discussion sections. All in-person classes will have a remote option, so that everyone can participate, even if their personal circumstances prevent them from being in the classroom.
In the Elevated Risk Posture, some classes will be taught remotely, with ongoing support from Pitt IT and the Center for Teaching and Learning to assist faculty in accessing technology and providing an effective learning experience. Some classes will take place in person when there is a definable benefit, and permission will be required from the dean of the school or their designee.
In the High Risk Posture, there would be no in-person classes. A key difference for both Elevated and High Risk postures from our emergency response in the spring is that students will remain on campus, to be ready to shift back in to the classroom as conditions allow us to move to a Guarded Risk Posture.
No matter what operational posture the University is in, office hours and academic student support, such as advising, mentoring and tutoring, will be available to students. In the High Risk Posture, these services will be offered remotely. In the Elevated and Guarded Risk Postures, faculty may choose to offer in-person options, along with remote options, with the appropriate mitigation measures in place.