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Over 300 students receive code of conduct violations for COVID-19 infractions

The Oakland Planning and Development Corporation’s monthly Oakwatch meeting included two featured speakers from Pitt — Kenyon Bonner, vice provost and dean of students, and Paul Supowitz, vice chancellor for community and governmental relations.
November 20, 2020
More than 300 students have received code of conduct violations for breaking COVID-19 mitigation protocols this semester, according to Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner.

‘So much that went wrong’: First student diagnosed with COVID-19 describes broken belongings, little University support

Sudeep Yedulla is suspected to be the first student on campus to have contracted the coronavirus.
November 18, 2020
Sudeep Yedulla — the first student on campus to contract COVID-19 — said “everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong” after he tested positive. Yedulla said Pitt provided little food, delivered broken items and ignored his texts and emails.

First-generation students work to make best of fall semester, despite pandemic

Yangkai Zhang, left, Jaden Calhoun, center, and Nikolai Czepiel (left, right) are first-generation college students attending Pitt.
November 18, 2020
Without the same background knowledge of college that their peers may have, first-generation college students face distinct challenges, such as the college application process, financial difficulties and the adjustment to college life.

Year of Engagement awards funding to proposals, hosts social media challenge

Johanna Siegel, a senior bioengineering major, won an individual award and one with her sorority, Phi Sigma Rho, for the one of the Year of Engagement’s 14-day social media challenges.
November 18, 2020
The Year of Engagement is this year’s edition of Pitt’s “Year of” series, headed by the Provost’s office. This year’s theme aims to “confront the world’s biggest challenges and mobilize towards a better, more equitable and just society for all,” according to Kathy Humphrey, the senior vice chancellor for engagement.

Students worry about new finals schedule, format

Students worry about new finals schedule, format
November 18, 2020
According to Pitt’s fall 2020 final exam schedule, 16 classes — mainly chemistry, economics and statistics classes — are allowed to have in-person final exams on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, and web-based classes will have finals from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

Gallagher responds to increase in COVID-19 cases on campus

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.
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.

‘No bigger elephant in the room’: SGB addresses recent spike in COVID-19 cases

SGB president Eric Macadangdang addressed the most recent round of COVID-19 case numbers published by the University on Monday, showing 74 new confirmed cases over the weekend, at Tuesday night’s meeting.
November 11, 2020
Aside from its COVID-19 discussion, SGB introduced a new bill and a new resolution. Board members also discussed initiatives to improve student worker compensation and dining services on campus.

Pitt Office of Veterans Services helps veterans navigate changing benefits

Aryanna Berringer, director of the Office of Veterans Services, works with a “Master the University” class last year.
November 11, 2020
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the VA and Congress have worked to preserve GI Bill benefits and make special rulings depending on changes at universities, such as a switch to virtual classes or a change in grading policies.

Deferred students stay busy during gap year

First-year Mairead Clements deferred enrollment to take classes at the Community College of Allegheny County, work and save money.
November 11, 2020
First year students at Pitt who deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic are finding ways to stay busy during their gap year.

Pitt enacts shelter in place, moves to Elevated posture after ‘significant’ increase in COVID-19 cases

The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.
November 8, 2020
Pitt will move to the Elevated risk posture and enact a shelter-in-place period thre days earlier than previously scheduled at 12 a.m. Monday.
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