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Pitt adds 56 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday

Pitt adds 56 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday
November 20, 2020
Pitt added 56 new COVID-19 cases, composed of 48 students and 8 employees, between Tuesday and Thursday. There are 78 students currently in isolation.

Over 300 students receive code of conduct violations for COVID-19 infractions

The Oakland Planning and Development Corporation’s monthly Oakwatch meeting included two featured speakers from Pitt — Kenyon Bonner, vice provost and dean of students, and Paul Supowitz, vice chancellor for community and governmental relations.
November 20, 2020
More than 300 students have received code of conduct violations for breaking COVID-19 mitigation protocols this semester, according to Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner.

‘Anxiety-inducing experience’: Students adjust to shelter-in-place guidelines, criticize lack of University enforcement

Pitt enacted a shelter-in-place period last Thursday — three days earlier than previously scheduled — after a  ‘significant’ increase in COVID-19 cases following Halloween weekend.
November 20, 2020
Savanna Lattanzi, a senior political science and sociology double major, said while she has closely followed the shelter-in-place guidelines to protect fellow classmates, it hasn’t always been easy on her mental health.

Police Blotter: Nov. 12-Nov. 17

Police Blotter: Nov. 12-Nov. 17
November 20, 2020
Arrests, drug violations and more in this week’s police blotter.

Water line break in South Oakland affects Pitt academic, housing buildings

A water line break earlier today affected Bouquet Gardens and the surrounding area.
November 19, 2020
A water line broke this morning at around 5:30 a.m. at the corner of Roberto Clemente Drive and South Bouquet Street and water access was restored to all affected buildings at around 8:45 p.m.

SGB, Black Senate leaders form student-run Pitt police advisory panel

Members of the Black Senate and Student Government Board have been meeting regularly with Pitt police to work on issues of accountability and transparency in the Pitt police department.
November 18, 2020
A student-run “police advisory body” became an official subcommittee of the long-standing Chancellor’s Public Safety Advisory Council this week, according to Student Government Board member Kathryn Fleisher.

Thousands sign petition urging S/NC grading option at the end of the semester.

Thousands sign petition urging S/NC grading option at the end of the semester.
November 18, 2020
A petition urging Pitt to adopt a more lenient grading policy amid the COVID-19 pandemic has gathered nearly 2,600 signatures in a week. Pitt spokesperson Kevin Zwick didn’t directly respond to questions about the proposed S/NC option.

‘Stuck in our American bubble’: Study Abroad office details new programs amid pandemic

In place of overseas and domestic travel, which had been cancelled, Pitt is offering a variety of virtual internships.
November 18, 2020
In place of in-person study abroad, Pitt is offering “virtual internships.” These internships are unpaid, three-credit pass/fail programs that run from Feb. 5 to April 30. There is no additional cost beyond a student’s normal tuition.

‘So much that went wrong’: First student diagnosed with COVID-19 describes broken belongings, little University support

Sudeep Yedulla is suspected to be the first student on campus to have contracted the coronavirus.
November 18, 2020
Sudeep Yedulla — the first student on campus to contract COVID-19 — said “everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong” after he tested positive. Yedulla said Pitt provided little food, delivered broken items and ignored his texts and emails.

Board committee approves expansion to Salk construction

The Properties & Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees approved an expanded construction project of the now $72-million Salk Hall renovation project.
November 18, 2020
More construction crews will soon rumble into Oakland following the approval of an expanded construction project by the Properties & Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees.
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