Operating Safely

Panther wearing mask

Most university offices are working remotely through the spring semester. However, the offices are accessible by phone or email.

Key dates of the spring term


  1. Check Canvas class postings and order books to ship to your home. Need help navigating the digital space? Use our online student toolkit.
  2. If you are a student living outside of Pennsylvania who plans to live on campus during spring semester, order your free Quest COVID-19 test. All students may take a free Quest COVID-19 test, but only those who live outside of Pennsylvania and plan to live on campus are required to.

Jan. 19

  1. All classes begin remotely
  2. Beginning at noon, students may log in to the housing portal to select a date and time to move-in. You can access the portal through

Jan. 22-24

  • Begin your at-home shelter-in-place seven days before your scheduled move-in date. If required, take your Quest COVID-19 test on the first day of your shelter-in-place and ship it to the lab.

Jan. 29-31

  • Move-in during your assigned time

Jan. 29-Feb. 10

  • Campus-wide shelter in place. Students may leave residence hall to attend class, pick up food from the dining hall and exercise outside. Masks must be worn and six-foot distance observed with anyone outside your pod at all times. A pod consists of students who live in a suite or, in the case of Livingston Alexander House, room together.

Feb. 1

  • In-person classes begin. It is important to note that not all classes will be conducted in person. Students should check their schedules. Classes with an assigned room will be conducted in person and online, when possible. Classes that indicate they are web-based will meet remotely the entire term. Students may choose to attend class in person, when available, or remotely. For more details, visit Flex@Pitt.

Feb. 3

  • Extended deadline to withdraw from a fall 2020 class. Submit your request here.

Feb. 5

  • Spring term add/drop deadline

Feb. 23

  • Student self-care day. No classes. Note there will be no spring break.

March 24

  • Student self-care day.

March 26

  • Deadline to withdraw from spring 2021 class.

May 1

  • Spring term ends.

All plans for the spring term, including the status of remote or in-person classes, are subject to adjustment based on the operational risk postures of our campuses. We will continue to provide status updates.

Newly updated state regulations regarding COVID-19 mitigation plans have allowed us to reopen the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center for faculty and staff use only.

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 7, the Ken Jadlowiec Fitness Center and KOA Arena will be open for use Mon. - Fri. between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Additionally, the
Paul C. Duke Aquatic Center will be open for use Mon. -  Fri. between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Further changes to the schedule will be announced as necessary.

Extended withdraw deadline for fall 2020 semester

We recognize some students may have had some academic difficulty during this challenging semester. Therefore, the Office of the Provost has extended the deadline by which students can petition to withdraw from courses and obtain a W grade. The new deadline is Feb. 3, 2021. Submit your request here.      

Face coverings are now required, indoors or out, regardless of our operational posture, with very limited exceptions. Wearing a face covering is a simple but highly effective way of limiting the spread of the virus. Public health data has consistently shown that communities with low face covering compliance have seen outbreaks. Read more about face covering requirements and exceptions.