University of Pittsburgh is operating under a modified status.

Please continue to check this website for updates.

The University of Pittsburgh has moved to virtual learning platforms for undergraduate instruction. Graduate and professional students are also included in this shift away from in-classroom instruction. However, because practicum learning is central to this population’s academic experience, the precise changes involved will vary by student.

Pitt’s Center for Teaching and Learning has resources available to assist faculty in shifting to virtual learning. Please work with your department head or director to establish firm plans.

Pitt IT has provided IT resources to support remote work. We want to encourage all faculty members to take good care of themselves and their families and refrain from coming to work while ill.

Academic Term Dates

At this time there are no plans to modify the end date of the spring semester or 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.

Due to the week that has been devoted to transitioning to remote learning, the academic term—which is typically 15 weeks—has been shortened to 14 weeks of student effort. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education Code 34 CFR § 668.3, the University has requested a temporary reduction in the length of the academic year. In anticipation of the Secretary granting this request, faculty are advised to construct their curriculum for the remainder of the semester with the aim of achieving their course's critical student learning outcomes via normal student effort over the remaining five weeks of the original academic year (inclusive of finals week).

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. More details about summer sessions will be forthcoming.

Disability Resources

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.   

Domestic and International Travel
Updated 3/25

The University is restricting all nonessential domestic and international university travel until further notice. The majority of travel is currently considered nonessential. Essential travel is defined as travel absolutely necessary to fulfill your core or primary job function and/or provides crucial support the University, such as research or lab work on a deadline. Nonessential travel is defined as anything that does not fall under one’s core job function, such as conferences, professional development and speaking engagements. The determination of whether travel is essential can only be made by Responsibility Center heads.

Pitt Global Operations Support will assist you to minimize interruptions to your academic or work responsibilities. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ian McLaughlin, the Global Operations Support Manager, at ian.mclaughlin@pitt.edu or via phone at 412-624-0125.

People traveling internationally on University business can explore the trip interruption insurance provided by International SOS. Further information about Pitt's travel insurance coverage appears in the Pitt Global Operations Support website.

The PantherExpress team has compiled guidance in response to the COVID-19 outbreak on topics related to travel as well as the use of the University Travel Card for unplanned/un-budgeted expenses.

As of March 18, 2020, the University is deferring the start date of all incoming scholars under the J-1 program until June 1, 2020. Any scholars already in the U.S. are not affected by this deferral. Affected departments should work with OIS to either process a late arrival (deferral) form, or to cancel the program. Deferrals can be extended beyond June 1, 2020, if needed by additional COVID-19 developments. Additional details for those involved in processes related to J-1 scholars can be found on the OIS FAQs for administrators page.

As of March 20, 2020, USCIS has suspended all premium processing for petitions for H1-B visas. Any petition that was filed using premium processing prior to March 20 will be processed, but all premium processing applications submitted after that time will be returned. Additional details concerning the handling of H1-B status of faculty and employees can be found on the OIS FAQs for administrators page.

Faculty Medical and Family Leave
Added 3/18

In the event of a serious medical condition or illness, a full-time faculty member is eligible for a medical leave of up to 26 paid weeks during a 12-month period.  If a medical leave extends beyond six calendar months, the faculty member may apply for long-term disability. Please see Pitt’s policy on Faculty Medical and Family Leave, 02-11-01 for details. Under this policy, faculty who have been employed at the University of Pittsburgh for 24 calendar months or more are also eligible for four paid weeks of family leave to care for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious illness. Note that a medical certification by a health care provider is required for these paid medical and family leaves. Policy 02-11-01 also allows for up to 12 months of unpaid family leave. 

For Provost area units, all Requests to Negotiate are still being reviewed in the normal manner by the Office of the Provost. 

Faculty Recruiting
Added 3/18

University facilities are not open to the general public at this time. You are encouraged to interview faculty candidates using Zoom or another teleconference option.

For Provost area units, all Requests to Negotiate are still being reviewed in the normal manner by the Office of the Provost. 

Guidance for Grading This Semester
Added 3/20

The University is adopting a significant level of flexibility in course grading for this semester. After the conclusion of this term, all undergraduate and graduate students will be permitted to convert any of their courses during this spring term from a letter grade basis to a satisfactory (S)/no credit (NC) basis. Moreover, all courses that are awarded S grades will count toward graduation/degree requirements and satisfy future course prerequisites, while those courses awarded NC grades will not negatively impact a student's GPA. We understand that this challenging situation may pose unforeseen obstacles. While the Center for Teaching and Learning and Pitt IT will work with you on challenges, if they prove to be temporarily unsurmountable, incomplete (G) grades may be employed as a last resort, but we ask that faculty coordinate with their respective associate dean when making this decision.

Read more from Provost Ann E. Cudd »

Guidance for Supervisors
Added 3/13

The Office of Human Resources has put together detailed guidance for supervisors on COVID-19 precautions, the applicability of FMLA, use of sick time, prohibiting employees from coming to work and sending people home. Generally, supervisors should encourage employees to stay home when sick, discourage public conversations about the health status of any employee and continue to follow all applicable laws and policies. Learn more from the Office of Human Resources.

Life Solutions
Added 3/16

Life Solutions, the University of Pittsburgh’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, is available to support employees during this difficult time. In addition to online and phone support, Life Solutions offers a 24/7 crisis line, resources for child and family care, and remote counseling and coaching services. All services are confidential and offered at no cost. Learn more from the Office of Human Resources or by calling 1-866-647-3432.

Mail Services
Updated 3/23

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.

Paid Sick Leave
Updated 3/27

Effective March 11, all staff have been assigned two weeks (10 working days) of paid sick leave above and beyond accumulated time, up to the policy threshold of 120 total days. This pertains to all part-time (pro-rated) and full-time staff, as well as temporary employees.

Parking
Added 3/18

Faculty members who are essential onsite through the end of the semester can request campus parking at this time. Requests are pending space availability. Please contact the Parking and Transportation office at parking@bc.pitt.edu if you have any questions.

Researchers
Added 3/17

The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research has compiled guidance specific to the University of Pittsburgh research community. Please visit the research website for ongoing information and resources, in addition to what is posted on this website.

University Child Development Center and Childcare Guidance
Added 3/13

Following Governor Tom Wolf’s declaration to close all Pennsylvania K-12 schools for two weeks, the University has decided to close the University Child Development Center (UCDC) until further notice.

We understand that this will be a hardship for some, but please know that the care of your children and our staff guide our decisions. The University fully supports offering maximum flexibility with regards to remote work arrangements to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Please also know that for those working remotely, the University has waived the requirement that remote work not be a substitute for childcare for existing and new agreements.

For those who are unable to work remotely, sick leave may be used as needed for those who need to stay home to provide childcare. As a reminder, all staff and faculty had 10 sick days added earlier this week.