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Last Wednesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting.

Faculty Assembly talks community engaged scholarship, new budget model

By Colm Slevin, Senior Staff Writer May 17, 2022
Faculty Assembly President Robin Kear and Vice President Kris Kanthak discussed two documents intended to help Pitt become more equitable and uplift marginalized communities at last week’s meeting. Kanthak said the provost’s recommendations in the documents “give credit” to those who haven’t received it before.
The Cathedral of Learning seen from Schenley Plaza.

‘Disappointing’: Pitt releases inaugural ESG report after several months’ delay

By Allison Radziwon, Senior Staff Writer April 21, 2022
Pitt released the ESG report for its $5.6 billion endowment to provide “greater clarity” on how ESG factors are applied to decisions on investments. Pitt delayed the release from December until March. The Consolidated Endowment Fund is governed by the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees and managed by the Office of Finance.
According to an email from the CMRO, COVID-19 cases remain high in the state but cases are “way down” on campus compared to the omicron variant’s peak.

Pitt adds 118 new COVID-19 cases since April 13

By Colm Slevin, Senior Staff Writer April 21, 2022
Pitt officials said Thursday that 93 students and 25 employees tested positive for COVID-19 from April 13 to 19.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher smiles during an interview in the Cathedral of Learning.

Exclusive: Gallagher reflects on tenure, decision to step down

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief April 20, 2022
There’s not necessarily a “natural moment” to announce you want to step away from leading a $2 billion research university, according to Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher.
A Pitt employee works in a Cathedral office last Tuesday.

Pitt reimagines office space as nearly half of staff members work remotely

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief April 20, 2022
Roughly half of Pitt’s more than 7,000 employees now work remotely at least part of the week — a sea change in how the University does business, according to a top Pitt official.
The Pitt Faculty Assembly meeting on Wednesday.

‘Leaves me a little salty:’ Faculty Assembly discusses travel policy, campus safety

By Colm Slevin, Senior Staff Writer April 15, 2022
The Faculty Assembly met on Wednesday to discuss the current travel policy, academic freedom and campus safety.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher.

Exclusive: Gallagher says Pitt must take state funding battle seriously

By Jon Moss, Allison Radziwon, and Colm Slevin April 15, 2022
Pitt’s state funding and resulting tuition discount for Pennsylvania students is in doubt, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said in an exclusive interview with The Pitt News. He said the issues are not due to the state budget itself, but instead what he described as “leverage.”
Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher at the February 2019 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher to step down in summer 2023

By Martha Layne and Jon Moss April 7, 2022
Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher will step down from his position in summer 2023, the University announced Thursday morning.
A Pitt student wears a mask.

Pitt faculty union, administration clash over lifting mask mandate

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer March 26, 2022
The United Steelworkers union filed an unfair practices charge against Pitt on Friday, alleging that University administrators failed to consult faculty before announcing that campus buildings would go mask optional starting Monday, according to a Friday evening press release from the Steelworkers.
A Pitt student wears a mask.

Pitt to go mask optional next Monday

By Betul Tuncer, Assistant News Editor March 21, 2022
Pitt announced Monday that masks will become optional indoors starting next Monday, March 28.
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