Roundup of other coronavirus-related announcements

Pitt parking permits

With the majority of faculty and staff members currently working remotely, Pitt parking permit holders will not be charged for the month of April, including those essential workers who are still on campus. 

The April 2020 payroll parking fee deduction has been stopped. Future permit parking deductions will be evaluated on a monthly basis moving forward. Permit holders will receive updates via email.

If you have any questions, contact the Pitt Parking Office at 412-624-4034 or

Retrieving items for your office

As faculty prepare for summer teaching and research in remote mode, the provost’s office has been working with Facilities Management on a procedure to allow faculty members brief access to their offices during the week of April 19 in order to retrieve essential materials for summer session or early fall teaching or for summer research. Faculty members who need access will be assigned a brief time slot to enter their offices (accompanied by campus police) to retrieve essential materials.

A representative of each school should act as the point person and contact Dan Fisher from Facilities Management (; 412-812-1005) to work on a schedule for each building. Facilities Management will also seek to provide access for graduate students and staff members with a critical need for essential materials, on a limited basis.

Appointment-stream faculty

Provost Ann Cudd this week issued new guidance to assistant appointment-stream faculty that addresses contract renewals, OMETS and other issues.

Find her statement on the provost’s website.

Staff Council signature events

Staff Council on April 15 discussed moving two of its signature events: Pitt Day at Kennywood and Spring Assembly.

Kennywood is holding Sept. 12 as a substitute date, should the usual summer Pitt Day at Kennywood need to be postponed.

Spring Assembly, Staff Council's annual professional development event, “might become a fall assembly or a spring 2021 assembly,” said the group's president, Andy Stephany.

Celebration of graduates

Pitt will honor nearly 8,000 undergraduate, master’s, professional and doctoral graduates at 11:30 a.m. April 26, 2020 on The half-hour celebration is designed to mark the milestone moment but is not a substitution for an in-person ceremony, which will be planned later in the year when large gatherings are again permitted.