This page is regularly updated with new information on the Covid-19 pandemic that is relevant to graduate & professional students. Have a specific question or concern? You can submit it anonymously here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Health & Safety
Food Insecurity
Housing Insecurity
Healthcare services
University Response & Requirements
Flex @ Pitt Instruction
International Students

Health & Safety

COVID-19 Hotline for Allegheny County: 888-856-2774. This is 24/7 hotline for questions and concerns about COVID-19. It can connect you to the Allegheny County Health Department and United Way 211

Allegheny County Health Department’s official COVID site

Food Insecurity

The Pitt Pantry is an on-campus food pantry that offers no-contact prepackaged box pickup. More information can be found here.

Other Pittsburgh area food banks include the Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank, and those listed here

Map of free food distribution sites in the Pittsburgh area

Not in Pittsburgh? Find your local food bank at Feeding America

The International Student Assistance fund can help international students with food, medical and housing expenses.

Housing Insecurity

All students are offered free legal assistance from the University 

The PA CARES Act offers assistance with rent & mortgage in Pennsylvania, and the Allegheny County CARES rent relief program is taking applications for assistance through September 30th, 2020.

The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency with several means of virtual assistance, such as rental & food assistance for those in the city of Pittsburgh.

The PA Housing Alliance offers rental assistance and eviction information on their website.

More information on mortgage & renting assistance during COVID from the Oakland Planning and Development corporation can be found here.

Become aware of your tenants rights.

Healthcare Services

All graduate & professional students are eligible for University health insurance, and can find information on enrolling here.

The Student Health Service is providing telemedicine services to all Oakland campus students. You can make an appointment by calling 412-383-1800 or by logging in to the Student Health Service Portal.

The University Counseling Center provides free virtual services and programs for all students, and regularly hosts virtual workshops for graduate students.

The Counseling Center also provides free, on-demand self-help video sessions called Therapy Assistance Online.

A comprehensive guide to all Wellness resources offered to graduate students can be found here

Mental Health resources from the CDC can be found here

University Resources & Requirements

There are socially distanced study spaces now available on campus. Locations and capacities can be found here.

If you are having issues getting your Pitt ID, please contact Panther Central.

Up-to-date information for graduate & professional students from the Provost’s office: University health & safety guidelines, information on Flex @ Pitt instruction & technology, aid for students in need, and international student concerns.

University Coronavirus Response Team: Updates about the university COVID-19 response can be found here, and the team can be contacted

Required Training: All students must complete a 30-minute video training video in order to maintain access to university IT services and buildings. The deadline for off-campus students was August 23rd. A confirmation email should have been sent to students who completed the training.

Pitt Community Compact: Students are prompted to sign this document when signing into Pitt IT services. Details on the document’s contents can be found here

Return to Campus Student Acknowlegement: Students are asked to sign this document alongside of the Compact when logging into Pitt IT services, and details on the document’s contents can be found here.

More information on these documents is outlined in this video from Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner :

Dean Bonner Talks About the Community Compact and Student Acknowledgement

There is a lot of confusion about the return to campus student acknowledgment.Here are the facts:- It’s not a wavier.- It’s a recognition that we all have a role to play in making this semester safe and healthy.Check out the video from Dean Bonner explaining.(Re-uploaded with captions)

Posted by Pitt Student Affairs on Monday, August 10, 2020


Surveillance testing for COVID-19: Throughout the semester students will randomly be chosen to be tested for COVID-19 and notified via email. Participation in surveillance testing is voluntary.

If you have questions about testing, or were selected but live off campus, you can remove yourself from the selection pool by emailing  

The Pitt Covid-19 Dashboard shows the number of positive tests per day, active cases in isolation, and cumulative positive tests since Aug. 1 among the campus population, in addition to the surveillance testing data.

Report a Pitt community member whose behavior “fails to comply with guidance set forth by the University, federal, state and/or local authorities regarding public health and/or safety” here.

Report concerns with lab safety here.

Flex @ Pitt Instruction

Graduate students with teaching appointments can choose to teach remotely. 

As of 9/9, the University is operating at elevated risk posture. More from the office Office of the Provost.

Information & resources for Flex @ Pitt instruction can be found here, and additional Flex @ Pitt FAQs can be found here.

Rent technology for remote teaching & learning here.

International Students

Information & FAQs from the Office of International Studies can be found here.