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.
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
The Pitt Pantry is an on-campus food pantry that offers no-contact prepackaged box pickup. More information can be found 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.
All students are offered free legal assistance from the University
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.
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 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
As of October 19th, Pitt is at Guarded Risk Posture, meaning that some classes may be offered in-person at this time. More information on the Guarded Risk Posture can be found here.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 :
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.
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.
Rent technology for remote teaching & learning here.
Information & FAQs from the Office of International Studies can be found here.