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Nose goes: A glimpse inside Pitt’s surveillance testing program

Pitt's outdoor COVID-19 testing site is located outside Posvar Hall.

By Elise Roessner, Staff Writer

September 7, 2020

Vorndran is one of the roughly 2,200 students Pitt has tested thus far as part of its surveillance testing program. This program includes randomly selecting students living on and off campus for self-conducted COVID-19 testing.

Pitt adds 33 COVID-19 cases since Monday, strengthens mask requirements

Pitt's outdoor COVID-19 testing site is located outside Posvar Hall.

By Ashton Crawley and Jon Moss

September 4, 2020

Pitt added 33 new COVID-19 cases, composed of 32 students and one employee, in the four days since Monday alongside a stricter mask policy.

‘Terrifying’: Title IX office, students react to new federal regulations

Pitt’s Title IX office has implemented a number of new controversial changes announced by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, meeting the federal government’s Aug. 14 deadline and drawing concerns from some students and Title IX officials in the process.

By Natalie Frank, Staff Writer

September 4, 2020

Pitt’s Title IX office has implemented controversial new federal Title IX regulations — meeting the federal government’s Aug. 14 deadline — despite strong opposition from some University officials. Carrie Benson said she has many concerns about the new rules, but her office will comply with them.

Pitt Pathfinders use virtual tours to connect students to Pitt in new ways

Pitt Pathfinder and junior psychology and urban studies major De’Jovia Davis.

By Thea Barrett, For The Pitt News

September 4, 2020

Students won’t have to worry about getting run over by backward-walking, striped-shirt-clad Pitt Pathfinders around campus this semester. But that doesn’t mean Pathfinders aren’t showing off the campus to potential Pitt students.  

‘They kill us here’: Survivor of Uyghur concentration camps recounts torture

Pitt’s centers for Governance and Markets and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, as well as the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and Congregation Beth Shalom, all collaborated to host a virtual event Tuesday to raise awareness about the geneocide of Uyghur Muslims in China.

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer

September 2, 2020

Tursun shared her story during a virtual event hosted by Pitt’s centers for Governance and Markets and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, as well as the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and Congregation Beth Shalom. The organizations held the event to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims in China.

Pitt says 85% of students have completed mandatory health and safety training

Students living on and off campus were required to complete a daily health check during their 14-day shelter in place.

By Rashi Ranjan, For The Pitt News

September 2, 2020

About 85% of Pitt students have completed the mandatory health and safety training as of Aug. 26, according to University spokesperson Kevin Zwick. He said the remaining 15% risk losing access to University IT services and campus buildings.

Pitt adds 46 COVID-19 cases after second week of online classes

The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

August 31, 2020

Pitt added 46 new COVID-19 cases, composed of 46 students, as of Monday’s weekly case report. Around 75% of all active positive cases are students who live off campus, Pitt said.

‘No way we can do this alone’: Panel uplifts local Black student leaders

Black student leaders from colleges around Pittsburgh came together to discuss racial equity on their respective campuses. Jasiri X, the executive director and co-founder of 1Hood Media, moderated the event.

By Maura Scrabis, For The Pitt News

August 30, 2020

Collective action was one of the main themes at the Solidarity Town Hall held Saturday evening, where Black student leaders from colleges around the City came together to discuss racial equity on their respective campuses.

Pitt won’t rename Scaife Hall, chancellor says

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced that Scaife Hall would not be renamed. Renaming Scaife Hall was one of Black medical students’ demands sent to the dean of the School in June.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

August 27, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced that a working group charged with investigating Scaife Hall’s name found no reason to continue with the renaming process. Renaming Scaife Hall, home to Pitt’s School of Medicine, was one of Black medical students’ demands that was sent to the School’s dean in June.

‘Embarrassing’: Black student leaders criticize low Black student enrollment

According to Pitt data, Black students represented 5.26% of the undergraduate student body in 2019.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

August 26, 2020

Ottley said this is indicative of a culture at Pitt that she believes needs to change to attract, and retain, more Black students. According to University data, Black students represented 5.26% of the undergraduate student body in 2019.

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