Pitt returns to elevated operational risk posture

Dear Pitt Public Health colleagues,

The University moved back to the “Elevated” operational risk posture at 9:00 p.m. on March 31. What does that mean for Pitt Public Health? 

What happens with classes?
All classes will revert to being fully remote.

What about other academic activities?
Practice experiences that have been approved as in person may remain in person as long as the student is comfortable doing so under the Elevated posture. Advising, committee, and exam meetings must be remote.

Does this change anything for research?
No. Lab research will continue in the building as before, and other research should continue to be performed remotely. Any individual who is not comfortable working in person under the Elevated status should contact Laura Schmid.

How will building access work?
The building will revert to being used for laboratory research only. Other individuals who need specific access (for example to pick materials up from an office) should request permission from their department administrator AND fill out the ATO form. Guests should not be brought into the buidling for any purpose.

Do the shelter in place guidelines pertain to Pitt Public Health?
The shelter in place guidelines announced by the University are good practice, but do not specifically apply to Pitt Public Health faculty, staff, and students. As described above, in-person research and practice activities can continue.

We hope that everyone will continue to do our utmost to protect our own health and that of our community.

Social/physical distancing, mask wearing and hand washing remain essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect yourself and others from the virus.

Eleanor Feingold, Executive Associate Dean

Jessie Burke, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Renae Brinza, Associate Dean for Administration and Finance

Read about the announcement in Pittwire...


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