Resources for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdocs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

*last edited on June 9, 2020. Check back frequently for updates.

Program Guidelines

Guidelines for Graduate Programs Accepting International Students for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Admissions

Support Services

Counseling Center, including Workshops Just for Grads and Therapy Assistance Online

Mental Health & Coping during COVID-19 from the CDC
School Ombudspersons
Student Emergency Assistance Fund
International Student Emergency Assistance Fund
Disability Resource Services
Pitt Parents Yammer Group to share information and ideas with one another
Pitt Commons: Looking to connect with a mentor? Sign up to develop professional relationships with Pitt faculty, staff, postdocs, and alumni.
Parking: Parking is free currently at all Pitt parking lots. Parking is free also at the Soldiers and Sailors Garage and O’Hara Garage.
Graduate News, Policies and Events
Community Assistance Resources updated with COVID-19 Resources: compiled by the University Library System for Pitt students seeking housing, health, and food assistance.
Wellness Resources Guide


S/NC Grading Policy Information for Spring 2020 Term
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Tips for Virtual Defense
Instructor Support from the Center for Teaching and Learning
Remote Access to Library Resources


Electronic Communication
Zoom Video Conferencing

Technology Assistance: Pitt IT has resources available to help students and post-docs who are experiencing connectivity issues or who may not have access to reliable technology or Wi-Fi at home. Contact the 24/7 IT Help Desk by calling 412-624-HELP (4357) to learn more.

International Students

International Student Emergency Assistance Fund
OIS Summer Needs Survey: complete by April 17, 2020 
Five-month Rule
Remaining in the U.S.
Health Care
Online Sprintax Tax Preparation is available for international students. Note that the new VITA Tax Assistance in-person program has been suspended and that the filing date for US taxes is now July 15, 2020.

Essential Research

Guidelines for Designating Trainees as Performing Essential Lab Activities
Environmental Health and Safety Concern Reporting Form (or by phone 412-624-9505) to express concerns with lab safety

Health Insurance Questions 

My current health insurance coverage will expire at the end of this term. Can graduate students enroll in one of the UPMC Graduate and Professional Student Plans for the summer?
Yes. Graduate and professional students who lose coverage and need to enroll for coverage for the summer can submit a life event in the eBenefits portal within 60 days of the loss of the coverage. Students will not need to be registered for classes in the summer term so long as PeopleSoft reflects that they are active in the program and expect to return in the fall. Submit questions.

I believe that my current coverage is insufficient. Can I drop my current coverage and apply for a UPMC Student Plan? 
No. Dropping coverage is not the same as loss of coverage. Therefore, the documentation that students would need to provide to enroll in UPMC coverage would not be sufficient for approval.

Are there other sources for insurance coverage besides the UMPC student plans?
Yes. The government has reopened the Marketplace, which gives students and postdocs currently without coverage another option to enroll in a plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdocs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

FAQs for Graduate Students & Postdocs on Pitt's COVID-19 Response & Planning website.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions Topics

More Information

Additional information for Graduate, Professional Students and Postdocs is available on the COVID-19 Response & Planning website.