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Chancellor Patrick Gallagher spoke with The Pitt News last Friday about the planning for the fall semester, running the University during the COVID-19 pandemic’s latest stage, the ongoing faculty unionization vote, off-campus health guidelines and more.

Gallagher talks fall semester, political pressure and more in TPN interview

By Natalie Frank and Jon Moss September 7, 2021
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher spoke with TPN for about 30 minutes last Friday about the planning for the fall semester, running the University during the COVID-19 pandemic’s latest stage, the ongoing faculty unionization vote, off-campus health guidelines and more.
Pitt’s Faculty Assembly met Wednesday to discuss the details of Pitt’s vaccine requirements and how the University would continue to keep all campuses safe from COVID-19.

Faculty Assembly discusses vaccine data, unionization vote at September meeting

By Betul Tuncer, Staff Writer September 3, 2021
Dr. John Williams, head of Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office, said Wednesday that with high vaccination numbers and the COVID-19 positivity rate at less than 1%, the University is in a “great place” for the start of the fall semester.
Pitt officials said Thursday that 87% of undergraduate students on the Oakland campus have uploaded proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Pitt’s undergrad student vaccination rate up to 87% on Oakland campus

By Martha Layne, Assistant News Editor September 2, 2021
Pitt officials said Thursday that 87% of undergraduate students on the Oakland campus have uploaded proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Of undergraduates living on campus, 96% submitted proof, and 82% living off campus submitted proof.
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Pitt sees 10% increase in COVID-19 vaccine card submissions

By Natalie Frank, News Editor August 26, 2021
Pitt officials said Thursday that more than three-quarters of all Pittsburgh campus undergraduate students have uploaded proof of vaccination against COVID-19, according to an email sent by the COVID-19 Medical Response Office.
The Pitt News compiled a step-by-step guide on how to submit your COVID-19 vaccination record to the University.

Explainer: How to submit your vaccine card to Pitt

By Rebecca Johnson, Managing Editor August 19, 2021
The Pitt News compiled a step-by-step guide on how to submit your COVID-19 vaccination record to the University.
Though Chancellor Patrick Gallagher did not announce a vaccine “mandate” in a letter addressed to Pitt community members on July 23, he said Pitt is “not neutral” towards receiving the vaccine.

‘Public health service’: Pitt students, staff talk COVID-19 vaccines

By Clare Sheedy, Staff Writer August 18, 2021
As the fall semester approaches, students and University leaders discuss their thoughts on Pitt’s vaccine stance. Pitt isn’t mandating a COVID-19 vaccine, but Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he hopes to achieve a high immunization rate on campus.
Uncertainty surrounding the University’s operating posture lingers as the fall semester approaches, but students and staff are optimistic about in-person opportunities.

‘Last year it was tough’: Pitt community prepares for updated COVID-19 rules

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer August 18, 2021
As Pitt students, staff and faculty prepare to head back to campus for the fall semester, many still wonder how COVID-19 protocols will look on campus. One guideline will require students to register guests that aren’t part of the University community.
Pitt students are looking forward to the in-person activities and opportunities that will be available this upcoming year.

Health restrictions, spirits lift as Pitt updates COVID-19 guidelines

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer June 25, 2021
As more and more people become vaccinated, the CDC, Governor Tom Wolf and Pitt administration are not only lifting their COVID-19 restrictions, but also Pitt students’ spirits.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher speaks at Friday morning's board of trustees meeting.

Gallagher ‘strongly’ recommends, expects community to be vaccinated by fall, unveils new strategic plan

By Natalie Frank and Jon Moss June 25, 2021
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said at Pitt’s Friday board of trustees meeting that while the University community can look forward to a more engaging fall semester, a fully normal academic year is unlikely unless those coming back to campus are vaccinated.
Pitt’s Staff Council spent their June meeting discussing the possibility of a flexible work model as Pitt returns to in-person instruction in the fall, as well as announcing new officers and reflecting on the council’s accomplishments over the last four years.

Staff Council discusses flexible work model amidst vaccine mandate discussion

By Dhara Patel, For The Pitt News June 23, 2021
Pitt’s Staff Council spent their June meeting discussing the possibility of a flexible work model as the University returns to in-person instruction in the fall, as well as announcing new officers and reflecting on the council’s accomplishments over the last four years.
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