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Pitt’s Senate Council discussed enrollment numbers, the budget cycle and possible student staff and faculty vaccine requirements at last Wednesday’s meeting. In addition, the Council also voted to create an ad-hoc committee for dependent care.

Senate Council discusses potential COVID-19 vaccine requirement for spring semester

By Millicent Watt, Assistant News Editor October 17, 2021
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Pitt is discussing ways to enforce COVID-19 vaccination — for as early as the spring semester — such as tying vaccination status to student enrollment or faculty employment.
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.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher at a Senate Council meeting.

Gallagher talks potential COVID-19 vaccine requirement, fall semester planning and more in TPN interview

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor May 3, 2021
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher reflected on Pitt’s performance during the pandemic in an interview with The Pitt News last Thursday. He also answered questions about planning for the fall semester and a potential COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
TPN File photo

Gallagher says Pitt ‘best in class of major universities’ in COVID-19 performance, looks to spring semester

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor December 10, 2020
Amid rising COVID-19 case numbers, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Pitt will use similar techniques from the fall to slow the spread of the virus in the spring such as the shelter-in-place period as well as “pods” to limit social interaction.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher discussed the University’s recent shift to the Elevated risk posture and the uptick of coronavirus cases on campus at Thursday afternoon’s Senate Council meeting.

Gallagher responds to increase in COVID-19 cases on campus

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor November 13, 2020
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher praised how closely most students have followed mitigation measures, amid a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus the COVID-19 Medical Response Office linked to an increase in social gatherings over Halloween.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher gave an annual report at Friday mornings board of trustees meeting.

Gallagher provides annual report on University initiatives at ‘seminal’ moment

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss September 25, 2020
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said while Pitt has made strides in addressing racial injustice on campus, there is still a lot of work to do in this “seminal” moment.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Thursday that it’s likely that next semester’s schedule will be compressed similarly to the fall so there aren’t vacations where people leave and come back to campus.

Gallagher: ‘Anticipate’ [email protected], compressed schedule next semester

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor September 17, 2020
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Thursday that he expects the [email protected] model to continue into the spring semester due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He also said it’s likely that next semester’s schedule will be compressed similar to the fall so there aren’t vacations where people leave and come back to campus.
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.

Pitt won’t rename Scaife Hall, chancellor says

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.
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.

Pitt officials ‘optimistic’ about in-person classes, deliver recommendation report to Gallagher

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer May 29, 2020
Chris Bonneau, the president of the University Senate, said he is confident the planning will allow the University to resume in-person instruction, if state and local regulations permit. 
The COVID-19 pandemic causes uncertainty about returning for the fall semester for many of Pitt’s more than 3,100 international students.

‘This feeling of helplessness’: International students concerned about fall semester amid pandemic

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer May 19, 2020
Travel restrictions and delays in processing visas has left many of Pitt’s 3,100 international students questioning whether they will be able to start the fall semester on campus.
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