Campus News

The Cathedral of Learning framed by trees in the fall
The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is offering college-bound high school seniors an alternative to standardized testing as they face the college application process in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hari Sastry in a gray suit and light blue tie
Hari Sastry, senior vice chancellor and chief financial officer, says the fiscal year 2021 budget announced on July 15 enables Pitt to fulfill its mission of academic excellence, research, economic development and community engagement, even while the University addresses the tremendous challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Belkys Torres at a podium speaking to a group of students and others
The Pitt community successfully rallied to support the reversal of a sudden federal policy shift that created uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of students at U.S. universities. On Tuesday, the Trump administration agreed to rescind the order that said international students were prohibited from taking an entirely online course load for the fall 2020 semester.
A person in a yellow t-shirt and face mask walks on campus
Expert faculty members in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine are at the helm of a new COVID-19 Medical Response Office, which will oversee the implementation of a virus monitoring program on all five Pitt campuses. The program will direct the University’s COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, reporting procedures and isolation and quarantine protocols.
Seven participants in a Zoom call
Using green screens, cardboard swords and shields, and costumes from their own closets, Theatre Arts students have spent weeks rehearsing from their homes for “She Kills Monsters”—Pitt’s first-ever virtual play, debuting July 12. The production has already been touted in New York Times Magazine.
Carissa Schively Slotterback in a blue jacket and light blue dress shirt
Carissa Schively Slotterback will join Pitt as the dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs on Oct. 1. She is currently the associate dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
A panther statue with a face mask on
Established by Pitt’s Healthcare Advisory Group, three operational postures have been developed to guide the University in how restricted its activity levels should be. The postures are important for all members of the Pitt community to know and understand.
Ruth Mullen in a blue shirt and holding a spray bottle with a rag
Pitt students, faculty, staff and families are getting the first look at what an on-campus experience will look and feel like when some faculty and staff return to on-campus work and students are welcomed back for the fall.
a Zoom screenshot, where Richards is holding a gavel and smiling
Outgoing chair of the Board of Trustees Eva Tansky Blum symbolically passed the gavel to new chair Thomas E. Richards, new trustees were announced and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher spoke on Pitt’s resilience during the global crises of COVID-19 and racial injustice.
A statue sitting on a bench with a face mask
Pittwire asked four members of the Healthcare Advisory Group—a multidisciplinary panel of experts charged with addressing the questions facing the University as it prepares for fall—about what they know and what they're learning.