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COVID-19 Information and Operational Postures

COVID-19 Information

The University of Pittsburgh has COVID-19 Standards and Guidelines in place to help keep our community healthy and safe. These protocols are subject to change as the situation surrounding COVID-19 develops. Please note that some of these Standards and Guidelines supersede policies discussed on this website. To ensure you have the most current information about Pitt’s operational posture, face coverings, physical distancing, personal travel, isolation and quarantine, and contact tracing, please continue to follow and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at

Pitt Community Compact

Student leaders from the Pittsburgh campus have created the Pitt Community Compact and have asked students, faculty and staff on all campuses to personally commit to emphasizing our culture of adhering to behaviors to protect the community. The Compact focuses on individual health and wellbeing, impact on others and accountability. It ends with, “No matter your affiliation, we are all members of the same community. We are all in this together, and we will get through this together.”

Power of Pitt

The Power of Pitt is a promise to our community. Every member is committing to adopt healthy practices, including wearing a face covering, maintaining at least six feet distance from others and handwashing often. Posters, graphics and other communications tools are available for download, sharing and use by all members of our community. They remind us of our promise and the behaviors we must demonstrate to keep our campuses safe and healthy.

Face Coverings

Face coverings go over your mouth and nose. Read more in this Pittwire story, Indoors and Out, Face Coverings Required When on Campus.

Doctor’s orders: Wear a face covering.

Face coverings

Contact Tracing

The only purpose of contact tracing is to prevent the spread of disease—not to discipline the people involved. Information is only ever shared with the health care team.

Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation and quarantine are different things: If you are ill, you isolate from other people, even members of your own pod or household. If you have had exposure to an infectious person, you quarantine from others to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus.

Student Health Service

Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health Service at 412-383-1800. We encourage all students to be tested through Student Health Service. However, those students who receive an evaluation and positive COVID-19 diagnosis outside the Pitt system must still notify Student Health Service to ensure proper care coordination. By self-reporting, you help us improve our ability to control the virus on our campuses.

COVID-19 Emergency Evacuation Guidance and Information

Due to safety concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, evacuation drills are currently on hold for the fall term.

The following pertains to any unexpected emergency alarm requiring evacuation from the building. First and foremost is protecting your life. Remain calm and evacuate. Physical distancing signage is temporary. Follow exit signs and use stairs.

  • If you are not in immediate danger, locate and don a face covering prior to evacuation. Maintain a six-foot distance from others as much as possible during evacuation. Proceed to the short-term assembly area and remain there (while maintaining a six-foot distance from others) until emergency responders indicate that the building is safe for reentry. Upon reentry, it is encouraged that occupants utilize the stairs (when possible) to avoid overloading an elevator.
  • Faculty, staff and students who are not capable of complying with the evacuation procedures, or who may have special needs or recognized disabilities, should contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) for development of an Individual Evacuation Plan. Copies of these plans are maintained with Pitt Police for use by emergency responders. Please visit the EH&S website for the most current information and additional guidance.