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The Senate Budget Policies Committee held its first meeting of the year via Zoom on Friday.

Senate committee discusses budget, Outlier at year’s first meeting

By Katie Cassidy, Staff Writer September 19, 2021
The University Senate’s Budget Policies Committee held its first meeting of the academic year via Zoom on Friday, where members discussed the University’s 2021-22 budget and a subcommittee report on Pitt’s partnership with Outlier.
The first week of fully in-person classes began Monday, after two weeks of an in-person optional format.

Pitt classes return fully in person for first time in 18 months

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer September 15, 2021
It’s not just your imagination — from “Welsfest” Snapchat stories or a record-breaking number of first years, Pitt’s campus has been much busier lately. The first week of fully in-person classes began Monday, after two weeks of an in-person optional format.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said at Wednesday’s Senate Council meeting that unvaccinated students will be required to take weekly COVID tests, and a positive test will result in the inability to access campus buildings.

‘We have to be agile’’: Senate Council discusses COVID-19 guidelines, faculty union vote

By Millicent Watt, Assistant News Editor September 10, 2021
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Thursday that Pitt’s new COVID-19 testing program for the academic year is estimated to cost between $20 and $50 million in order to test unvaccinated students weekly, starting on Monday.
Pitt administrators spoke at a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, answering student questions and concerns about COVID-19 regulations for the fall semester and fully in-person classes, which start on Monday.

Pitt administrators talk COVID-19 regulations during first fall town hall

By Allison Radziwon, Staff Writer September 9, 2021
Top Pitt administrators spoke at a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, answering student questions and concerns about COVID-19 regulations for the fall semester and fully in-person classes, which start on Monday.
The Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

Pitt hires outside law firm to review fetal tissue research practices

By Rebecca Johnson and Martha Layne September 9, 2021
Pitt hired the law firm Hyman, Phelps & McNamara to conduct an independent review of its fetal tissue research practices to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines, state Rep. Natalie Mihalek announced Thursday.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher spoke with The Pitt News last Friday about the planning for the fall semester, running the University during the COVID-19 pandemic’s latest stage, the ongoing faculty unionization vote, off-campus health guidelines and more.

Gallagher talks fall semester, political pressure and more in TPN interview

By Natalie Frank and Jon Moss September 7, 2021
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher spoke with TPN for about 30 minutes last Friday about the planning for the fall semester, running the University during the COVID-19 pandemic’s latest stage, the ongoing faculty unionization vote, off-campus health guidelines and more.
Pitt’s Faculty Assembly met Wednesday to discuss the details of Pitt’s vaccine requirements and how the University would continue to keep all campuses safe from COVID-19.

Faculty Assembly discusses vaccine data, unionization vote at September meeting

By Betul Tuncer, Staff Writer September 3, 2021
Dr. John Williams, head of Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office, said Wednesday that with high vaccination numbers and the COVID-19 positivity rate at less than 1%, the University is in a “great place” for the start of the fall semester.
Pitt announced Monday that it’s partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania in order to provide preschool-aged children of Pitt faculty, staff and graduate students an opportunity to enroll in the Great Futures Preschool program at BGCWPA’s Carnegie or Estelle S. Campbell Lawrenceville clubhouses.

Pitt to provide additional preschool option through Boys & Girls Clubs partnership

By Natalie Frank, News Editor September 2, 2021
Pitt announced Monday that it’s partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania to provide preschool-aged children of Pitt faculty, staff and graduate students an opportunity to enroll in a preschool program at two BGCWPA clubhouses.
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Pitt sees 10% increase in COVID-19 vaccine card submissions

By Natalie Frank, News Editor August 26, 2021
Pitt officials said Thursday that more than three-quarters of all Pittsburgh campus undergraduate students have uploaded proof of vaccination against COVID-19, according to an email sent by the COVID-19 Medical Response Office.
Tyler Bickford, a professor in the English department, drops one of the first union cards at a kickoff event held by Pitt faculty union organizers in the William Pitt Union Ballroom in January 2018.

Explainer: How to vote in Pitt’s faculty union election

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer August 24, 2021
A multi-year effort to unionize roughly 3,000 University faculty will culminate in a union election starting Friday. Here is a guide to help faculty navigate the upcoming union election
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