Teaching, Learning and Research

Academic Standards and Guidelines are being developed. We will provide an update when final decisions have been made. The following information has been confirmed:

Highlights of the spring term academic calendar:

  • Jan. 19: First day of spring term classes
  • Feb. 5: Spring term add/drop deadline
  • Feb. 23: Student self-care day
  • March 7-14: Spring recess has been eliminated
  • March 12: Spring holiday rescheduled to May 7
  • March 24: Student self-care day
  • March 26: Monitored withdrawal deadline
  • 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. I will continue to provide status updates.  View our complete academic calendar.

Flex @ Pitt

The Flex @ Pitt concept allows for in-person, remote, synchronous and asynchronous approaches to courses that will build on the innovative ways instructors have already adapted to the ever-changing learning environment this year.

The Flex@Pitt model of teaching will allow us to be flexible through all operational postures. This model allows faculty and students to avoid coming to classrooms when they deem it unsafe for their personal circumstances or when the operational posture dictates. In addition, we are asking faculty and staff to work from home when they are not teaching or when it is possible for them to accomplish their research or administrative tasks remotely.

Classroom Scheduling and Technology

In order to maintain and support physical distancing not only in the classroom, but also in our halls, restrooms and shared spaces, our classroom capacity will be significantly reduced—and we’ll be finding some creative spaces to utilize as classrooms. Decisions about classrooms will be communicated by mid-July.

Faculty and staff will also be surveyed to assess technology needs and ensure they are met. 


In order to accommodate an early restart to many research programs, the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor Research at Pitt has compiled interim restart resources for researchers while final guidance is being prepared. 

All requests for early research restart currently in progress will be considered by the Resilience Steering Committee. In order to accommodate an early restart to many research programs, the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor Research has compiled restart resources for researchers while final guidance is being prepared. All research must adhere to permanent guidance as it is finalized in mid-July.

Supporting Students

No matter what operational posture the University is in, office hours and academic student support, such as advising, mentoring and tutoring, will be available to students. In the High Risk Posture, these services will be offered remotely. In the Elevated and Guarded Risk Postures, faculty may choose to offer in-person options, along with remote options, with the appropriate mitigation measures in place. 
For those academic support services units with multiple staff members, once the Activity Area Plan has been approved, supervisors will make the determination if they will be offering in-person options, along with remote options, during the Elevated and Guarded Risk Postures. Staff members may request to continue providing services remotely, and supervisors are encouraged to grant these requests whenever possible. For those units offering in-person options, mitigation measures will be in place. 

See the Academic Student Support Standards and Guidelines for additional details.