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History professor Alaina Roberts helped create a formal proposal last summer that called for all undergraduates to complete a Black studies course as part of their general education requirements.

Left ‘in the dark’: Status of Black studies course requirement unclear

By Natalie Frank, Senior Staff Writer April 13, 2021
A proposal for a Black studies course requirement is sitting in the Office of the Provost waiting for further action. Pitt said it doesn’t have a timeline for when it will act on the proposal, and leaders say they’ve been left “in the dark.”
The Pittsburgh branch of Jewish Voice for Peace publicized a petition to end all training exchanges between the Pittsburgh police and Israel in November.

Opinion | Anti-Israel groups’ petition is misleading

By Josh Beylinson, Staff Columnist January 29, 2021
The petition is filled with false assertions and demonstrates that these organizations are interested not in real dialogue about Israel or Zionism, but in promoting incendiary campaigns that employ anti-Semitic tropes.
Pitt implements ‘compromise’ of two grading policy changes amid pandemic

Pitt implements ‘compromise’ of two grading policy changes amid pandemic

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor November 25, 2020
Pitt will introduce two changes to its grading policies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in what student leaders are calling a “compromise” after many pushed for a continuation of policies introduced last spring to compensate for a more difficult academic environment.
Thousands sign petition urging S/NC grading option at the end of the semester.

Thousands sign petition urging S/NC grading option at the end of the semester.

By Betul Tuncer, For The Pitt News November 18, 2020
A petition urging Pitt to adopt a more lenient grading policy amid the COVID-19 pandemic has gathered nearly 2,600 signatures in a week. Pitt spokesperson Kevin Zwick didn’t directly respond to questions about the proposed S/NC option.
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.
Students created a petition addressing unfair exams and low grades in biology professor Craig Peebles Biological Science 1000 class.

Bio class assigned new professor after petition

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor January 7, 2019
At the end of the fall semesters, students in professor Peebles’ biology 1000 class created a petition claiming that the class was graded unfairly
Students created a petition addressing unfair exams and low grades in biology professor Craig Peebles Biological Science 1000 class.

Biology students petition against professor

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer December 7, 2018
As finals week approaches, over 30 students have signed a petition against Craig Peebles, a biology professor at Pitt. The petition cites that the two past exams in the class have been graded unfairly, and the students are asking that the course be further examined.
Editorial: Top 5 reasons to keep Halloween on Oct. 31

Editorial: Top 5 reasons to keep Halloween on Oct. 31

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 31, 2018
Would Halloween be more fun if it were always on a Saturday? A recent petition which has now received more than 50,000 signatures think so. But the Pitt News Editorial Board disagrees.
Pitt students write why they think birth control matters at the art installation, “My Body is My Own,” organized by Planned Parenthood Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

Students petition for reproductive rights at “My Body is My Own” exhibit

Bright pink flags dot the lawn outside the William Pitt Union on one of the first warm days of spring semester as students kneel to read the stories written on each individual marker — sometimes pausing...

Pitt’s Graduate Student Organizing Committee started a campaign to rename Parran Hall due to controversy surrounding Thomas Parran Jr. (Photo by Chiara Rigaud | Staff Photographer)

Students petition to rename Parran Hall

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor February 15, 2018

Pitt’s Graduate Student Organizing Committee announced in a Twitter thread posted Feb. 13 that they are starting a campaign to rename Parran Hall. “We view Parran Hall as a constant reminder of...

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