May 13, 2020

Planning Process Moving Forward

By May 15, all five counties that are home to University of Pittsburgh campuses will have a yellow phase designation, per the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This new designation has no immediate...
May 8, 2020

Pennsylvania Yellow Phase Update

The University of Pittsburgh has been expecting and actively planning for the easing of government restrictions related to the pandemic. As these restrictions relax, the University will issue our own guidance on how to best support the safety and well-being of our campus communities under the Yellow Phase designation.

Until then, our current reduced operating status—including our use of remote work and learning—remains in place. We will continue to keep our community members informed as our operating status evolves.

April 20, 2020

Updated Guidance for In-Person Business Operations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health

The University of Pittsburgh has reviewed and implemented all provisions in the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations. The University had already taken many steps outlined in the order, including staggering start and break times, enforcing social distancing, providing masks and screening employees. Updated guidance for mask usage was provided to all employees who perform essential physical operations.

March 27, 2020

Guidance for Supervisors: Suspected or Confirmed Case of COVID-19

As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase in each of the counties where Pitt operates, please review the additional guidance for supervisors for possible scenarios.

March 26, 2020

Managing Donations of Pitt Resources to Health Care Centers and Social Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent situation for hospitals, emergency responders and health care workers and for social service agencies that serve at-risk populations. Needs include facilities use, medical and cleaning supplies, and other physical goods to manage the growing need for care.

March 23, 2020

A Message from the Dean of Students

Yesterday we shared with you the news of our first confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Pittsburgh campus. Our thoughts and warm wishes for a full recovery are with this student and their family.

Unfortunately, based on what we are seeing around the world and in our communities close to home, we know this will not be the last case to affect our Pitt community. I am writing today to answer your questions about what we are doing in response to this pandemic, to explain what you can expect from us and to remind you what steps you can take to help keep yourselves, your neighbors and our communities safe.

Read the full message »

March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Late last night, we learned of a confirmed case of coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in one of our Pittsburgh campus residence halls. We have also been made aware of other potential cases within the University of Pittsburgh community and expect that we will continue to see an increase in the number of people impacted as COVID-19 spreads throughout our communities.

In regard to this confirmed case, we are following existing protocols and working with local health officials to support the affected student and help reduce the spread of infection to others.

March 20, 2020

Building Access Updates

As a result of Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s directive and Governor Tom Wolf’s order to further limit campus operations and cease non-essential services, University of Pittsburgh building access will be limited to those with essential activities included in the scope of the governor’s order, including vital research and Pitt Police facilities, effective Friday, March 20, at 5 p.m.

UPDATE: building access changes beginning March 23 »

March 20, 2020

Guidelines for Responding to Symptomatic Individuals

See guidance on how to respond to individuals anywhere on one of Pitt’s campuses or in any Pitt building who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, persistent coughing, persistent sneezing and/or shortness of breath.

March 18, 2020

Additional Reductions in Pitt's Operating Status

As the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, the University of Pittsburgh will be taking additional steps that reduce—to an absolute minimum—the need for faculty and staff to be on our campuses while allowing our core teaching and research mission to continue.

March 17, 2020

Update on 2020 Commencement Ceremonies

The University continues to take measures to protect the health of the Pitt community and our neighbors, including work to ensure that the community avoids large gatherings, which COVID-19 has made unsafe. Unfortunately, as a result, we have decided to postpone all of this spring’s commencement ceremonies and activities.

March 15, 2020

Public Access to Facilities

As a result of Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s directive and Governor Tom Wolf’s order to...

March 15, 2020

Campus Recreation Facilities

Effective Sunday, March 15, all indoor recreation facilities will be closed (including the sports dome, residence halls, William Pitt Union, Baierl, Fitzgerald and Trees). 


March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic: Pitt's Actions

Pitt campuses remain open, but the University is shifting classes to remote learning approaches, beginning March 23. ...

March 11, 2020

Guidance on Events and Gatherings

In order to promote social distancing, any nonessential gathering or event with more than 25 participants scheduled through April 17, 2020 should be canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual event. No new events should be scheduled at this time.