(Message posted January 2, 2022)
Dear Pitt-Greensburg Students:
The spring 2022 semester will begin next week as scheduled. To promote a safe transition back to campus following the winter break, we will follow the plan detailed below. For more information, you may refer to Pitt’s Coronavirus Medical Response Office communication.
- Classes will begin on Monday, January 10th and will be taught remotely for the first week of the semester. If conditions permit, we will return to in-person teaching and learning on Tuesday, January 18, adhering to the protocols we used for fall 2021.
- All students- commuters and residents, can request a COVID-19 test to be delivered to their home residence this week at no cost. Order your test ASAP and return it to Quest.
- Residential students will move into their campus housing on either Saturday, January 8 or Sunday, January 9, following instructions from Residence Life staff. Unvaccinated students living on campus are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result prior to moving into on-campus housing. All students living in residence halls, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to submit a COVID-19 test after arriving on campus. Order the test and send it to the campus address prior to traveling. To ensure timely delivery, we encourage you to order your post-arrival test as soon as possible. Completed tests can then be dropped off at the Chambers Hall information desk beginning Sunday, January 9. If for some reason your test is not available once you arrive on campus, please come to Lynch Hall 106 to complete a test onsite. This service is available MWF from 10:00-2:00. Students cannot go to class until they’ve received a negative COVID-19 test result. Students who test positive will be provided more details on how to isolate.
- A shelter-in-place period will begin on Saturday, Jan. 8 on for all students residing on campus and continue through at least Friday, January 14. Students should only leave their residences for meals (with grab-and-go or dine-in options available); to exercise safely; to study in the library; to work when necessary; for clinicals; and to shop for essentials and medical needs. Do not socialize with groups other than your roommates during the shelter in place period. A campus communication will inform students when the Shelter in Place status has ended. When that occurs, teaching will be in-person for most classes.
- During the spring semester, weekly COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated individuals will be required, as was the case in the fall semester. This mandatory testing resumes Monday, January 10. If you have an approved vaccine exemption, please remember to order your tests through Quest so that you have them available each week. Tests may be returned through FED EX or dropped off at the Chambers Hall Information Desk. If for some reason you do not have a test available in a given week, please visit 106 Lynch Hall for an on-site test. That service is available MWF from 10:00-2:00.
- Face coverings are still required while indoors, on-campus.
I look forward to a great spring semester with you all.
Robert Gregerson, PhD
President, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg