Information for Students

Keeping Us Safe and Healthy.

Shelter in place at the end of the fall term

As you begin planning to travel at the end of the fall term, here is some guidance to help you protect your family and friends and loved ones at home.

This advice applies if you are asymptomatic at the end of the term.

If you are symptomatic, in isolation, or quarantine at the time that your shelter-in-place period would begin, call Health Services at 814-362-5272 regarding a plan for your transition home.

Review the shelter-in-place FAQs.

On campus

Beginning Nov. 12, you will shelter in place. During the time: 

  1. Limit close contacts. Wear a face covering and be physically distant at all times when around other people. The next best approach is to reestablish pods based on the people you live with. This could be your original pod when you moved in but may be different if your housing situation has changed since the start of the term. You could be unmasked in the presence of your pod mates but avoid new close contacts.

    If you have family or friends who are at higher risk or you have vulnerable people at home, you should combine shelter-in-place with masking and physical distancing even within your pod or network to provide an increased degree of protection for your transition home.

    If you’ve developed a set of close contacts outside your pod, keep this group very small while you shelter in place. Ideally, all members of your pod and any other close contacts should shelter in place on the same days. 
  2. Interact virtually. While sheltering in place, you should only leave your room or apartment to attend classes, labs, or clinicals in person, pick up food, exercise safely, study in the library, work when necessary, and shop for essentials and medical needs. Group work for classes and student activities should be held virtually.

Some public spaces will be closed.

University Public Space Open?
Dine-in Campus Dining    No
Grab-and-Go Campus Dining     Yes
Gyms and Recreation Spaces in Residence Halls    No
Campus Recreation Facilities and Campus-wide Gyms for indoor exercise. Face coverings are required.  Yes
University Libraries for studying. Face coverings and physical distancing are required. Please check library hours.    Yes
Lounges in Residence Halls  No
Kitchens in Residence Halls  No


We strongly encourage you to complete the Daily Health Check app during all 14 days of the shelter in place. 

At home

For at least four days after you leave campus, wear a mask, maintain physical distance, and continue to use hand gel or frequently wash your hands. 

During this time: 

  1. Limit leaving your house. Only leave the household for work, medicines, food or emergency situations.
  2. Maintain physical distance. Wear a face covering when 6 feet of separation is unlikely. Eat separately if members of your household are unable or unwilling to keep a safe distance  
  3. Protect yourself and others. Wear a face covering and maintain a safe physical distance around any household member.

Optional At-Home Testing.  In accordance with public health guidelines, the university will not conduct mass testing due to the risk of false negatives. However, we understand that some of you are interested in including a testing component as part of your campus departure strategy. To that end, the university is exploring options to make at-home testing available to those students who are interested in being tested before interacting with family and friends without a face covering or physical distance. More details on this program will be provided in the following days. 

If you do this testing, please remember that a negative test result a day or two after you arrive home does not prove you do not have the virus in your body. Rather, it may only mean that the virus has not yet reached detectable levels in your nose. Therefore, please take extra precaution like face coverings and physical distancing during the remaining days of your shelter-in-place period

Daily COVID-19 Health Check app

Pitt's Daily COVID-19 Health Check app provides a quick and convenient way for Pitt students to monitor their health during their shelter-in-place periods. This daily health check is required for all students preparing to travel to campus. It is an essential part of how we work together to keep students and other members of the Pitt community safe.

Tuition and Fees

The Flex @ Pitt model allows students to choose the course delivery option that best fits their needs. No matter how we deliver our courses, the unparalleled value of a Pitt education and the expertise of our world-class faculty remain unchanged. Despite rising fixed costs, the University is holding tuition, as well as room and board rates, flat for the 2020-21 academic year. While most fees are also being held flat, at the recommendation of our student government boards—and recognizing many in-person activities are not able to take place this year—we are reducing the Student Activity fees this year across all five campuses by 20%.


  • While students are sheltering in place, your meals can be delivered to your campus residence or you may pick them up in the dining hall.
  • Students should enter the dining room from the rear outside entrance, and properly socially distance as they are coming in.  In addition to this, you must wear a mask as you enter.  Students who are not wearing masks will not be served.
  • All guests must sanitize their hands prior to entering the facility. 
  • To maintain physical distancing and reduce waiting times as much as possible, each student with a meal plan has been registered for a daily recommended brunch and dinner time. The times were selected based your class schedule and the need to schedule equal numbers of students for each 30-minute slot. These are not required times, but they're designed to reduce congestion and your wait times. You can view your time in the Student Center at
  • We are also excited to announce that we have opened a Qdoba Mexican Eats on campus.  .
  • The dining room has very limited seating, so students are strongly urged to take their meals to go.  All meals will be packaged in to go containers.  
  • The associate working the check-in area will monitor the number of guests in the dining room, and only allow for seating for 50 people and dining room capacity of 100 (to include those in lines), once shelter-in-place has been lifted.
  • For ordering ahead, students can visit our website to place their order.

Hours of Operation

  • KOA Dining Room - Brunch/Lunch 9:30 am – 2:30 pm - Sunday - Saturday 
    Dinner 3 pm – 8 pm - Sunday - Saturday
  • Qdoba/Commons Café  - Monday – Friday  8:00 am – 11:00 pm    
  • Hanley Library Café - Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 10 pm - Friday 8:30 am – 4 pm Saturday 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Sunday 1:30 pm – 10 pm

Guidelines for Responding to Symptomatic Individuals

The following is a general response to individuals anywhere on the Pitt-Bradford campus who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

When the symptomatic person is a:

Student in a residence hall room:

  1. The symptomatic student must stay in their room and avoid contact with others.
  2. The symptomatic student should promptly call Health Services at 814-362-5272.
    • `Health Services will provide guidance on managing symptoms, accessing testing and other care needs.
    • If the individual requests to return to their permanent residence, Health Services will advise if they are able to wait in their room until they can arrange for a guardian or other individual to pick them up.
  3. Health Services will notify Panther Central and Facilities Management, will coordinate closure and cleaning of any affected areas.
    • Any room where the person spent more than 15 minutes on the day symptoms appeared or in the 48 hours prior will be closed for 24 hours, if possible.
    • After the closure period, Facilities Management will notify custodial staff to have the rooms cleaned and disinfected. If the closure for 24 hours is not possible, the room will be promptly cleaned by designated personnel. 

Student anywhere on campus other than a residence hall room:

  1. The symptomatic student should immediately return to their residence, avoid contact with others and call Health Services at 814-362-5272.
    • If the student resides in a residence hall, follow the steps above.
    • If the student resides off campus, Health Services will advise on next steps.
  2. The faculty or staff member who was with the student at the time symptoms developed should report the building and room number of the encounter to Facilities Management at 814-362-7670 so the room can be cleaned by designated personnel. If a staff or faculty member was not with the student at the time of symptoms developing, Health Services will work with the student to obtain this information and notify Facilities Management.
    • Any room where the person spent more than 15 minutes on the day symptoms appeared or in the 48 hours prior will be closed for 24 hours, if possible.
    • After the closure period, Facilities Management will notify custodial personnel to have the rooms cleaned and disinfected. When the closure period is not possible, prompt cleaning and disinfection by designated personnel will occur.