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FALL 2021 FAQ

Additional content will be added to this page as needed. This information is subject to change. Information was accurate as of the updated date below. Things may have changed since.

Last updated 9/1/2021

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Is the university requiring vaccinations in the fall term?
No. However, they are strongly encouraged.

What if I feel ill?
If you feel sick, stay in your room and call Health Services at 814-362-5272. The staff there will help students manage symptoms and receive testing. We recommend testing for all University members—including vaccinated individuals—who become symptomatic after exposure to someone with COVID-19.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?
When a medical professional confirms that a member of the Pitt community has COVID-19, the evaluated individual must report their diagnosis to health services and help identify all known close contacts. A close contact is someone who spends at least 15 minutes within six feet of an infected individual. The use of face coverings does not factor into this determination.

Those who test positive will be isolated until medically cleared. This rule applies regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.

What if I have been in contact with someone who tests positive?
Fully vaccinated university members who are identified as a close contact are not required to quarantine. However, these members should get tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in all public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until they receive a negative test result.

Unvaccinated university members who are identified as a close contact or who have a COVID-19 positive individual in their household must quarantine away from others — and avoid circulating on campus or in public — for 10 days.

Will common spaces and the Sport and Fitness Center be open?
Yes. We anticipate common spaces and the Sport and Fitness Center being open for the 2021-2022 school year. Masks are required in the Sport and Fitness Center, including while working out.

Can I access my courses remotely?
As of today, the university is not providing the full Flex@Pitt option for students (i.e. Remote or online classes.) A very small number of classes across the entire university (all campuses) will be hybrid, online or remote, but all of those had to be approved by the provost.

How many positive cases have there been on campus?
Please refer to the Campus Cases page.

FACE COVERINGS

Do I have to wear a face covering on campus?
Yes. Regardless of your vaccination status, you’ll need to wear a well-fitting face covering indoors unless you are in your own room or apartment. Outdoors: Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and those who are or live with someone who is immunocompromised should wear face coverings when outdoors and unable to maintain physical distancing. Additionally, anyone is welcome to wear a face covering at any time.

How do I know if my face covering fits properly?

Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and fit tightly against the face, with no gaps, to be effective. Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the face covering. Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the face covering. If the face covering has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the face covering and may be able to see the face covering move in and out with each breath.

What should I do if I feel I cannot wear a face covering?
If you have a medical condition that you believe limits your ability to wear a face covering as required by University policy, you must contact the office of Disability Resources and Services. DRS will work with you to determine whether and to what extent such limitations can be accommodated.

Can the University deny my request not to wear (or to limit the wearing of) a face covering?
Yes. The University will examine requests not to wear (or to limit the wearing of) face coverings on an individual basis. To ensure the safety of the University community and the public, such requests will only be granted where legally required.

When do I need to make a request not to wear (or to limit the wearing of) a face covering?
You will not be permitted to enter a University building without wearing a face covering unless and until you are specifically approved to do so by DRS in writing. As such, you should contact DRS to begin the accommodation request process as soon as possible. Because of the risk to the safety of the University community and the public, the University will not provisionally grant requests not to wear (or to limit the wearing of) face coverings while the accommodation request process is ongoing.

What should I do if I do not want to wear a face covering?
In the absence of a qualifying medical condition that prohibits you from complying with the University’s policy, you are required to wear a face covering indoors unless you are in an enclosed private office or dwelling.

What should I do if I see someone in a University building who is not wearing a face covering?
If you see someone who is not wearing a face covering and/or who is improperly wearing a face covering (e.g., with their mouth or nose exposed), you may ask them to put one on. If the person who is not following safety regulations is a student, you may make a report to the Office of Student Conduct. If the person is not a student, contact the Pitt Concern Connection.

As an instructor, what should I do if a student in my class is not wearing a face covering?
You should remind the student that the university’s Health Rules require that everyone wear a face covering while indoors. If the student refuses to comply, you may ask them to leave class. If the student is still refusing to wear a face covering and to leave the classroom, you should dismiss the class for the safety of the other students and file a conduct referral with the Office of Student Conduct.

What are the penalties for failing to follow the University’s standards and guidelines on face coverings?
Employees who fail to follow University Standards and Guidelines will be subject to discipline, up to an including termination. Students who fail to follow University Standard and Guidelines will be subject to a range of sanctions from probation to dismissal. The University reserves the right to deny an individual entry onto and/or remove and individual from university property should they refuse to follow University Standards and Guidelines.

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED

Can I still upload my vaccination status to the student health portal?
Yes. To provide proof of vaccination, you will need to upload your COVID-19 vaccination card. Your vaccination status will be used only for our virus control program and will be accessed only by appropriately authorized personnel.

What if I have difficulty uploading my proof of vaccination to the student health portal?
Take a picture of your vaccination card and send it to upb.healthservices@pitt.edu.

What if I have only received one shot of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccination series?
You can get your second dose in Bradford. After you receive your second dose, submit proof of that to the student health portal as soon as possible. Your record should be recognized as complete about 24 hours after submission.

Below you will find information on the vaccination options that Walmart pharmacy and CVS pharmacy currently have. Anyone receiving a vaccination should bring their photo ID, insurance card, and prior vaccination card if receiving a second dose. Both are accessible by Area Transportation Authority bus.

Walmart pharmacy, 50 Foster Brook Blvd. (814) 368-4700
Walmart pharmacy offers walk-ins anytime they are open, and online scheduled appointments. Walmart has the Pfizer vaccine available to anyone, and has Moderna available only to those that need their second dose.

Online scheduling: Walmart.com/covid

  1. Select book your COVID vaccine.
  2. Select if you’ve been previously vaccinated or not.
    • CDC guidelines states that Pfizer second doses should be administered no less than 21 days after your first dose, and Moderna second does should be administered no less than 28 days after your first dose. 
  3. If yes, select the vaccination you previously received (either Pfizer or Moderna) and schedule an appointment.
  4. If not, make that selection and continue on to scheduling appointment. 

CVS pharmacy, 10 Davis St. (814) 362-4559

CVS pharmacy offers walk-ins anytime they are open before 8:30pm, and online scheduled appointments. CVS only has the Moderna vaccine.

Online scheduling: CVS.com/coronavirus

  1. Select schedule a vaccine.
  2. Complete the health screening questionnaire.
  3. Select if you need to start vaccination or need a second dose.
    • CDC guidelines states that Moderna second does should be administered no less than 28 days after your first dose.
  4. Answer the following questions and continue to scheduling.

Will I have to undergo routine COVID-19 testing or undergo contact tracing and quarantine if I am exposed to the coronavirus?
No. If you are vaccinated, you will not be required to comply with most mitigation measures, such as COVID-19 routine testing, contact tracing, shelter in place or quarantine if exposed to COVID-19.