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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Faculty Assembly met last Wednesday, discussing and voting on a required vaccination mandate and policy changes to better accommodate the University’s new decentralized budget model, as well as addressing updates to language in academic committee policies.

‘The more people vaccinated, the closer we get to normal’: Faculty Assembly encourages vaccination mandate, talks budget policies

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer May 19, 2021
John Williams, head of Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office, said vaccines are important so students can return to their normal routines as the CDC releases more liberal guidelines for vaccinated people.
Eric Macadangdang (left) and Malena Hirsch both served in student governing roles on campus this academic year. Macadangdang was Student Government Board president and Hirsch was Graduate and Professional Student Government president.

‘On fire for over a year’: Pitt leaders reflect on pandemic year

By Katie Cassidy, Staff Writer April 21, 2021
Three elected shared governance leaders at Pitt reflected back on the 2020-21 pandemic year and what it meant to hold a top position during unprecedented times.
During Wednesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting, President Chris Bonneau introduced a resolution for Pitt to make vaccination a requirement and to ensure equal vaccination opportunities for students.

Faculty Assembly discusses required vaccination proposal, possible new budget model

By Betul Tuncer, Staff Writer April 16, 2021
All students should be required to have a COVID-19 vaccination to participate in on-campus activities next fall, according to a proposal introduced at Wednesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting. No formal vote was given on this resolution at the meeting.
Sydney Massenberg: Building a community to house everyone

Sydney Massenberg: Building a community to house everyone

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor April 13, 2021
When Sydney Massenberg graduated from Pitt last spring, she left behind an enduring legacy, including penning a petition urging a Black studies course requirement.
In addition to the late withdrawal option, the “G” grade will be modified for students as a “fallback grade.”

Pitt clarifies new ‘G’ grade policy, professors and students voice mixed feelings

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer March 31, 2021
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and after four and a half online terms, grading policies and student and professor accommodations remain hot topics among the Pitt community.
Pitt to move to lowest Guarded risk posture on Oct. 19, concerning campus leaders

Pitt to move to lowest Guarded risk posture on Oct. 19, concerning campus leaders

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief October 9, 2020
Pitt officials said Friday afternoon that the University will move from the middle to the lowest level of its three-tiered reopening system — the Guarded risk phase, equivalent to Pennsylvania’s green phase of reopening — on Oct. 19.
Pitts Faculty Assembly met Wednesday afternoon.

Pitt to allow in-person classes if ‘definable benefit,’ remainder to stay online during Elevated posture

By Rebecca Johnson, Jon Moss, and Alice Tang September 9, 2020
Provost Ann Cudd said in a Wednesday afternoon email to faculty members that they can apply to teach their classes in person if there is a “definable benefit” to in-person instruction, and if an instructor’s dean or regional campus president approves teaching plans.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher at the February meeting of the board of trustees.

Exclusive: On eve of move-in, Gallagher asks for flexibility during historic semester

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief August 10, 2020
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he remains concerned about the upcoming semester, but has worked to reduce risk wherever possible.
Faculty government leaders discuss fall plans during Tuesday afternoon’s Faculty Assembly meeting.

‘Failure’ of shared governance in fall term emails, faculty leaders say

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief June 9, 2020
Faculty government leaders discussed multiple items related to the COVID-19 pandemic at Tuesday afternoon’s Faculty Assembly meeting held via Zoom.
Despite the uncertainty of an in-person fall semester, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid has not seen a decrease in committed first-year students.

Pitt first-year enrollment for fall exceeds expectations

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer May 13, 2020
The first deadline for incoming first-years to commit to fall enrollment passed on May 1.
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