As students return, campus buildings will be open to authorized Pitt community members with existing building access protocols in place.
Faculty and staff can request building access through the Authority to Operate (ATO) system.
New for the spring, building access systems also will include an audible alert designed to activate when an employee who has not followed the ATO access protocols swipes their Pitt ID to attempt to enter a University building.
The new alert system also will activate if a resident student reports to campus without submitting a negative COVID-19 test result, or if a student or employee is in quarantine or isolation.
If an alert sounds, employees will need to work with their supervisor or unit administrator to ensure that they are authorized in the ATO system before they can re-enter. Find more information about the alert system at the Facilities Management website.
The COVID-19 Medical Response Office on Jan. 21 also announced that people coming to campus no longer have to complete the daily health check app before entering a building. “There is no indication that daily health check apps reduce virus spread,” the COVID-19 Medical Response Office said. “Our goal is to focus on what we know works,” which includes masks, social distancing and hand washing.
Security guards will continue to be located at each entrance, as well as Building Safety Concierge stations with thermal scanners.
— Susan Jones
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