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Pitt’s Faculty Assembly met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of teaching at Pitt during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty Assembly discusses pandemic learning, background checks and HIPAA

By Katie Cassidy, Staff Writer December 2, 2021
Pitt’s Faculty Assembly met on Wednesday afternoon to discuss how Pitt will move forward with teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to approve two draft policies from the Benefits and Welfare committee.
Pitt Faculty Assembly members discuss the faculty union vote on Wednesday afternoon.

Faculty Assembly discusses unionization vote, Outlier partnership

By Donata Massimiani, Staff Writer November 4, 2021
Pitt’s Faculty Assembly met Wednesday afternoon in a hybrid fashion to discuss the faculty union vote, union contract negotiation and a report from the Senate Budget Policies Committee about Pitt's partnership with the Outlier program.
Pitt Faculty Assembly members discuss criteria used to assess professors’ scholarly pursuits on Wednesday. Members voted in favor of a dependent care committee and an academic freedom resolution.

Faculty Assembly discusses performance criteria, forms dependent care committee

By Abby Cardilli, For The Pitt News October 8, 2021
Pitt’s Faculty Assembly this week discussed performance criteria for faculty members, formed an ad-hoc committee on dependent care and talked about efforts to explore the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
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.
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 2, 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.
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 18, 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.
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.
Faculty Assembly members passed new term limits for Senate officers and discussed upcoming anti-racism panel discussions, next week’s Self-Care Day and tentative plans for an in-person commencement at Wednesday afternoon’s meeting hosted via Zoom.

Faculty Assembly passes new officer term limits, discusses COVID-19 on campus

By Mische Holland, For The Pitt News March 18, 2021
Pitt’s Faculty Assembly passed new term limits for Senate officers and discussed upcoming anti-racism panel discussions, next week’s Self Care Day and tentative plans for an in-person commencement at Wednesday afternoon’s meeting.
The Faculty Assembly met Wednesday afternoon to discuss OMET surveys for professors and to ensure faculty and staff are paid an adequate amount.

Faculty Assembly talks salaries, OMETs

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer February 16, 2021
The February Faculty Assembly meeting began on a lighthearted note with Chris Bonneau, its president and professor of political science.
Pitt’s Faculty Assembly met Wednesday to discuss changes to policy that dictates what material is owned by the University, policies for submitting grievances to the University, and voted to pass the resolution on a required Black studies course and a clarified syllabus statement on religious observances.

Faculty voices support for mandatory Black studies course, allowing students to recognize religious observances

By Thea Barrett, Staff Writer October 8, 2020
The Faculty Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday urging the University to create a mandatory three-credit Black studies course.
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