Operating Safely

Fall 2022 Arrival Testing

Pre-travel testing within 48 hours of arrival is strongly recommended for all students returning to campus. You can get free, at-home COVID tests from the Federal Government, or pick one up from your local pharmacy. Insurance companies and many health plans are required to cover the costs of eight home antigen tests per person, per month. Do not travel if you test positive. Follow the CDC’s guidance for calculating isolation and isolate at home. Contact Student Health Services on your campus for additional guidance.

All students living in residence halls are required to test upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status. There will be a test kit waiting for each student in their room. Please follow the instructions on the kit. Students should refer to their Pitt emails for detailed instructions from Panther Central on how, where and when to return test kits upon arrival. It’s important to activate, swab and return the test kit all on the same day.

Building Access

Effective July 1, the University of Pittsburgh is removing COVID-related access restrictions for University buildings on all campuses. Accordingly, a Pitt ID or advanced registration will no longer be necessary to gain access into campus facilities. Should the health or safety of our campus communities change significantly, this may be revisited.

Mask Guidance

Wearing a mask on campus remains optional as long as the CDC Community Level for McKean County is either medium or low. Wearing a mask on campus will be required if the county’s transmission levels moves to high. However, anyone is welcome to wear a mask at any time on our campus. Please continue to manage your personal health in ways that you are most comfortable while protecting public health.

Vaccination Requirement

All University of Pittsburgh students, faculty and staff on all campuses must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received an approved exemption to remain a community member.

How does the new vaccine requirement affect you? Use this decision tree to find out.

Proof of Vaccination

Faculty, staff and students can Upload an image of your vaccine card. Remember to upload a new copy of your card after you receive a booster, previous vaccine card images are stored in the system but will not appear. Please have an image ready on your smartphone or as a scanned file. 

Understanding which members of our community have gotten boosters will allow us to reach out proactively to those members who are eligible but have not yet gotten boosted.  

If you have not been boosted, most local pharmacies offer appointments: 
Walmart pharmacy, 50 Foster Brook Blvd. 814-368-4700 Schedule an appointment
CVS pharmacy, 10 Davis St. 814-362-4559 Schedule an appointment


Faculty, staff, and students can request an exemption from this vaccine requirement. Exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) and can only be requested for medical reasons, or reasons based on sincerely held religious belief or because of a strong moral or ethical conviction. Faculty, staff, and students who are granted an exemption will be subject to additional mitigation measures, such as routine COVID-19 testing.

Medical exemptions require a doctor’s signature. Religious and moral exemptions require a notarized attestation. Download and print one of the following forms: 

Medical Attestation Form
Moral Attestation Form
Religious Attestation Form

A photo or scan of the signed or notarized form must be uploaded to the Exemption Request Form online.

Submit an Exemption Request


Mandatory virus testing

The University of Pittsburgh strongly encourages vaccination to protect the health and safety of the entire community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Pitt considers it the responsibility of individuals who are not vaccinated to comply with mandatory weekly testing, made free and possible for Pitt community members through a partnership with Quest Diagnostics.  Additional details regarding this testing.