Dear Pitt students,

In less than two weeks, you will begin the 2020-2021 academic year. Just like every fall term, faculty and staff are excited about your return! However, this year is unlike anything any of us has ever experienced, and we all must agree to do our part to make this fall semester a safe and healthy one.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt undergraduate and graduate/professional students to complete the following health and safety requirements whether or not you are returning to campus in the fall.

Health and Safety Requirements:

  1. Pitt Community Compact Acknowledgement
  2. Return to Campus Student Acknowledgment
  3. Health and Safety Training

The Pitt Community Compact and Return to Campus Student Acknowledgment will appear the first time students sign into the Pitt Portal (, and students must complete this requirement to gain access to the portal and University IT services and buildings. The Health and Safety Training session will take approximately 30 minutes to complete; you must watch the entire video to fulfill the training requirement. To access the session, click here.

Students who live in University-operated housing must complete the above requirements no later than August 10. Students who live off-campus must complete the above requirements no later than August 23. I highly encourage you to complete all requirements as soon as possible to avoid disruption to your access to campus. Completion of all requirements will be tracked and failure to complete either of these requirements may result in loss of access to all University IT services and buildings.

We cannot emphasize enough how important it is that all students complete these requirements. A successfully safe and healthy fall semester is dependent on everyone thoroughly understanding and conscientiously practicing the recommended guidance, both on and off campus.

Student leaders at the Pittsburgh campus have also created the Pitt Community Compact—a community commitment to care for the health and well-being of all members of the Pitt community, as well as members of the communities that surround our campuses, by following federal, state, local, and University guidelines on health and safety related to concerns about COVID-19.

While it is true that we are living through challenging circumstances, it is also true that Panther Nation is more than capable of rising to the challenge. We must agree to be responsible for our own behavior. We must care for each other’s health and well-being over our own convenience. And we must remind each other when we forget or fall short of following Pitt’s health guidelines.

Please continue to take care of yourself and each other.


Kenyon R. Bonner, EdD
Vice Provost and Dean of Students

Friday, February 12, 2021