Updated rules and requirements are effective Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.
As the pandemic has evolved, so has the University’s response. Based on the the latest data and public health guidance, the Healthcare Advisory Group has revised our Standards and Guidelines and implemented the following rules for all Pitt campuses:
Effective December 6, 2021, the University of Pittsburgh will require all Pitt affiliates on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. This includes:
- Faculty (including full-time, part-time, and adjunct)
- Staff (including full-time, part-time, and temporary)
- Students (including both graduate, professional and undergraduate)
Please visit this page for complete information on this requirement and FAQs.
Indoors: Regardless of your vaccination status, face coverings are required when indoors, unless you are in your enclosed private office or dwelling.
Outdoors: Individuals who are not fully vaccinated, as well as those who are or live with someone who is immunocompromised, should wear face coverings when outdoors and unable to maintain physical distancing. Additionally, anyone is welcome to wear a face covering outdoors based on their own comfort level.
There are simple steps you can take to mitigate the spread of illness—including COVID-19, colds and the flu—and protect yourself and others.
- If you haven’t yet, get vaccinated.
- If you’re sick, stay home until you feel better.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, do so in a disposable tissue or your bended elbow.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol.
- Frequently clean high-touch surfaces within your area, like your desk and office doorknob using the supplied materials.
- Try to use your elbow on high-touch public surfaces, like elevator buttons or push-open doors.
- Limit the time you spend with others in small spaces like bathrooms and elevators.
In his message in July, Chancellor Gallagher said, "The University of Pittsburgh is not neutral on vaccination. Everyone who can get vaccinated should be vaccinated—and our objective is to achieve very high immunization rates on our campuses."
We’re providing vaccine education and encouragement across all of our campuses.
Guidelines for Responding to Symptomatic Individuals
The Healthcare Advisory Group and COVID-19 Medical Response Office regularly review campus data and public health guidance and may change guidance as needed.
The University of Pittsburgh campuses are closed to the general public, but open to University members and registered guests. University members can register a guest online. Registered guests will receive a confirmation email that they are required to present, along with a photo ID, upon arrival on campus. By arriving on campus, guests are agreeing to follow the health rules that the University has in place at the time and are affirming that they are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.