Last updated March 27
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If you have a disability and wish to discuss new or existing workplace accommodations, please contact Disability Resources and Services at 412-648-7890 to schedule a remote phone or video call appointment.
Domestic and International Travel
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Guidance for Supervisors
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, 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.
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
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.
Staff 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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
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 & Childcare Guidance
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.