COVID-19 Announcements for Faculty

University Updates

{Added 3/16/2020}  Please visit www.emergency.pitt.edu for updates on the COVID-19 response. This website is the centralized and official source of information for all Pitt constituents. Faculty are encouraged to check this website frequently for updates.

{Added 3/16/2020}  At this time there are no plans to modify the end date of the spring semester nor change the start date of any of the summer sessions. As needed, flexibility will be granted to faculty in conveying final term grades, as well as to departments with respect to certification of graduation requirements.

Due to the week that has been devoted to transitioning to remote learning, the academic term—which is typically 15 weeks—has been shortened to 14 weeks of student effort. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education Code 34 CFR § 668.3, the University has requested a temporary reduction in the length of the academic year. In anticipation of the Secretary granting this request, faculty are advised to construct their curriculum for the remainder of the semester with the aim of achieving their course's critical student learning outcomes via normal student effort over the remaining 5 weeks of the original academic year (inclusive of finals week).

Updates on Teaching

{Added 3/16/2020}  Information about instructional continuity and temporary remote teaching can be found on the Teaching Center webpage.  Visit often as material is updated on a frequent basis.

{Added 3/17/2020}  In order to facilitate the free exchange of ideas during lectures, if a faculty member intends to record their lecture with student participation, they must advise the students, via e-mail and at the beginning of the lecture, that the lecture, including their participation, is being recorded. Students should not be required to participate in the recorded conversation and should be encouraged to ask questions offline. Further, the recorded lecture may be used by the faculty member and the registered students only for internal class purposes and only during the term in which the course is being offered. Faculty who have questions should contact faculty@pitt.edu.

Updates from Provost Ann Cudd

{Added 3/16/2020}  Please check this website for updates related to COVID-19 from Provost Ann Cudd.

Updates on Faculty Events Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

{Added 3/16/2020}  First Monday of the Month faculty development workshops are suspended for the rest of the spring term but will resume in the fall. Visit the Professional Development for Faculty webpage for updated information.

{Added 3/16/2020}  The second annual Women IN Academic Leadership (WIN-AL) program will not be held as planned on April 30, 2020. The leadership program will be held in the fall, and applications will be held until then. We will be in contact with current applicants. In addition, updated information will be posted on the Office of the Provost’s Academic Leadership Development website.

Updates on Research

{Added 3/17/2020}  The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research has compiled guidance specific to the University of Pittsburgh research community. Please visit the research website for ongoing information and resources.