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Updated 2/11/21

How many positive cases have there been on campus?

Please refer to the Campus Cases page.

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Campus facilities are open, including the fitness center, Hanley Library and the dining hall. See the hours of operation for all of our facilities.

Will I have access to Academic Support Services? 

Yes. Our support services will continue to operate virtually.

Will I have access to Health and Counseling Services?

Yes. Our Student Health Services clinicians will provide telehealth services. You can schedule a telehealth appointment by calling 814-362-5272.

You also can schedule an initial phone consultation with one of our therapists in Counseling Services by calling 814-362-5272.

Will student clubs be operational?

Yes. 

Will student activities be held? 

Yes. Check out the Student Activities Council on Instagram for updates.  
 

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Will students have to wear masks in the residence halls?

Students will continue to be expected to wear masks in the residence hall common areas, such as hallways and elevators. However, they will not be required to wear masks in their own room.

If one student in a suite tests positive, are all of their suitemates or roommates treated as a family unit and quarantined?

Yes. Students in a suite, apartment, or wing -- depending on building style -- will be treated as family unit. If a student tests positive, they will be isolated in a different location. The students in their family unit will be required to quarantine in place in the suite/apartment/wing for 14 days.

What will happen if a student, faculty or staff member doesn’t wear a mask on campus?

Our goal is to provide an excellent and inclusive educational experience while also adhering to guidelines to protect the health and safety of the entire Pitt-Bradford community. Therefore, we are setting the clear expectation that everyone will wear masks and practice social distancing. Health and safety interventions will be handled respectfully and as discretely as possible for those individuals who are not wearing a mask.

Do I always have to stay six feet apart from other people?

You must continue to stay six feet away from others, wherever possible, which applies indoors or outdoors. Only in situations where six feet of physical distance is not possible – such as with dorm or apartment roommates or with others in a lab setting – are you exempt from staying six feet apart. 

Do I have to wear a mask and stay six feet apart when outside? What If I am going for a job or playing sports with friends?

Yes, Face coverings must be worn at all times, both indoors and outside, unless in a private office or residence. 

What if a student feels ill?

If a student feels sick, they should stay in their room and call Health Services at 814-362-5272. The staff there will help students manage symptoms and receive testing. Student Affairs will arrange for support, such as food delivery and cleaning for the suite or hall.

What happens if a student is ill? What happens if another student in a pod becomes ill?

Students suspected of having or testing positive for COVID will be moved into an isolated housing unit, where they will communicate daily with Health Services staff. They will also be contacted by a contact tracer. Other members of the ill student’s “pod” (suite or hallway) will quarantine in place with food delivered. 

Will you contact parents if a student is ill?

We will notify whoever the student identified as an emergency contact. Therefore, it is important that the student’s emergency contact information is accurate and up to date. It is also helpful for the student to sign a FERPA waiver form. In an emergency, a signed form allows us to share a student’s personally identifiable information, without prior written consent, to those who need to know to protect the health and safety of the student and others.

Can a student go home if they are ill? 

Yes. For the comfort of the student and the safety of others, it is optimal if a student can return home.
If a student leaves housing before the end of the semester, will they receive a refund for room and board?
This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the circumstances.

What kind of cleaning protocol will be followed?

In suites, students will be responsible for cleaning within their apartments.  All residence hall common areas, including entrances, exits, elevators, stairwells, lobby areas, seating areas and common restrooms will be cleaned three times a day between 8 a.m. and midnight.

How many rooms do you have to accommodate positive cases?

18 beds have been set aside for the isolation of positive students on campus. 

What if a student is suspected to have COVID, but has not received a positive test yet? Are they housed with positive students?

For as long as we have the housing capacity, the two groups will be kept separate.
 
If students have been exposed or are sick, how will they access classes during quarantine?

The Flex@Pitt model enables our professors to provide instruction in person, remotely and a hybrid, which will accommodate students in these circumstances who will need to access their courses remotely.
What happens if a professor gets sick? Will someone else take over the class?
Each academic division will make sure classes are covered if any professor gets sick.

Will students have the option of attending class remotely if they have a health risk, live with someone who does or prefer not to physically come to campus?

Yes. 

Will students be able to meet privately and confidentially with a professor, advisor, tutor or counselor?

Yes. However, those meetings will not take place in small office spaces that do not enable physical distancing but in larger meeting spaces to enable both confidentiality and healthy communication. Additionally, students can meet with a professor, advisor, tutor or counselor virtually. Our support services will continue to operate virtually. Our Student Health Services clinicians provide telehealth services. You can schedule a telehealth appointment by calling 814-362-5272. You also can schedule an initial phone consultation with one of our therapists in Counseling Services by calling 814-362-5272.