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Pitt establishes reopening postures for the fall, amidst pandemic

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher at a Senate Council meeting.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced Tuesday that Pitt has established three reopening postures and universal health rules to guide the University through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Gallagher: Pitt in a ‘watershed’ moment

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher spoke about the dual crises facing the University at Friday morning's board of trustees meeting.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

June 26, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Friday that Pitt is in a “watershed” moment, while dealing with the dual crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and combating racial injustice.

Nearly 800 Pitt grad students sign petition demanding funding extension

Grad union organizers

By Benjamin Nigrosh, New Editor

June 25, 2020

Pitt offered faculty a one-year tenure clock extension in March, and grad union organizers said they see a funding extension as equivalent assistance for them.

Gallagher: Pitt has ‘let down’ black students

Gallagher: Pitt has ‘let down’ black students

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

June 11, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Thursday that Pitt has failed many of its black students and is planning multiple reforms to help combat racial injustice on campus.

Flat tuition, fees expected for next year, Gallagher says

Flat tuition, fees expected for next year, Gallagher says

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

June 11, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Thursday that he expected tuition, as well as room and board fees, to remain flat for the 2020-21 academic year.

Pitt considering petition calling for black studies course requirement

Sydney Massenberg created a petition last Friday urging Pitt administrators to require all undergraduates to take a black studies course as a graduation requirement.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

June 10, 2020

Sydney Massenberg, a 2020 graduate in political science and psychology who will start law school in the fall, created the petition last Friday.

Gallagher announces health advisory group to help plan fall term

The Chancellor’s Healthcare Advisory Group is chaired by Anantha Shekhar, the senior vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of Pitt’s School of Medicine.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor

June 10, 2020

University spokesperson Pat McMahon said the group’s responsibilities will include recommending standards for the supply and use of personal protective equipment to students and staff, personal hygiene, social distancing and density in certain student spaces and considerations for vulnerable populations.

Pitt administrators address George Floyd’s death, nationwide protests

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Wednesday that Pitt will postpone Plan for Pitt 2025 in order to include strategies to strengthen racial equity justice on campus.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

Floyd, a black man, died after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

Pitt requests extension for implementing controversial new Title IX rule

Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, issued final rules on May 6 regarding the manner in which universities conduct investigations of sexual misconduct.

By Charlotte Pearse, Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

After the federal education department first proposed the new rule at the end of 2018, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher voiced concerns in February 2019 about the requirements for hearings and cross-examination.

Admissions numbers look ‘very good’ so far, Pitt says

Retention of the current undergraduate class was at 94% as of Friday morning, University officials said, which might be the highest the number has ever been.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2020

Pitt’s admissions numbers for the fall look “very good” currently, despite uncertainty due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, University officials said Friday.

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