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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.

Pitt task force planning research restart effort

Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, leads Pitt’s Task Force on Research Restart.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, said at Thursday afternoon’s Senate Council meeting that research is restarting now on a rolling basis after originally shutting down in March. He added that due to the pandemic, labs are now required to place pandemic-specific protective measures in place. “That means that in many cases, laboratory environments have to be reconfigured to maintain social distancing,” Rutenbar said. “That may mean that schedules have to be modified in order to not have too many people in the room at the same time. They have to show that they’re ready to do that.”

Gallagher: ‘Nothing is entirely on or off the table’ for fall

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher reiterated at Thursday afternoon's Senate Council meeting that Pitt plans to release initial guidance for the fall early next month.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

May 14, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the University hasn’t made any final decisions about in-person or online classes for the fall semester, but classes will continue whether taking place on campus or off.

Pitt establishes task forces, working groups to plan fall semester

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Friday that the University will offer guidance to the community in early June and again in early July.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2020

Formally established over the last several weeks, three task forces and 20 working groups within those task forces will investigate many different aspects of what life at the University could look like.

Chancellor, execs to donate part of salary to students

Michael Andrews asked the court to award him reinstatement to his previous position with back pay from April 25, 2018.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, Assistant News Editor

April 24, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher pledged Friday to donate 20% of his 2020-21 salary to “support students and the Pitt community” during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Gallagher: COVID-19 crisis ‘slow-motion,’ not ‘existential’

Chancellor Gallagher gave updates on an uncertain fall semester during Thursday’s Senate Council Meeting.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

April 16, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said it is unlikely that Pitt will return to full operational status in the fall semester.

Pitt to host spring commencement online

Pitt to host spring commencement ceremony online.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, Assistant News Editor

April 8, 2020

Pitt announced Wednesday that spring commencement will move online this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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