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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

From left, Patrick Gallagher, Robin Kear, Kristin Kanthak and Joe Suyama at Thursday’s Senate Council meeting.

Senate Council talks COVID-19 expectations, reproductive health resources for students

By Allison Radziwon, Assistant News Editor September 16, 2022
At the monthly Senate Council meeting, director of the Covid Medical Response Office Joe Suyama said there’s “no better place” for students to learn than in the classroom.
The last Senate Council meeting of the year on Thursday.

Senate Council recaps academic year, SGB discusses plans for fall

By Pamela Smith, Contributing Editor May 24, 2022
Chancellor Gallagher opened Thursday’s Senate Council meeting by thanking council members advocating for Pitt’s state funding.
From left, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, Senate Council President Robin Kear and Senate Council Vice President Kris Kanthak at a meeting in Posvar Hall on Thursday.

Senate Council discusses new masking guidelines, government funding for in-state tuition

By Alaina Goldberg, Staff Writer March 24, 2022
The Senate Council started its Wednesday meeting by discussing these new guidelines. The Council, which met in-person and on Zoom, also discussed government funding for in-state tuition, the Russia-Ukraine war and external interference on what can or cannot be covered in courses.
Provost Ann Cudd, left, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Senate Council President Robin Kear at Wednesday’s Senate Council meeting.

Senate council discusses COVID-19 regulations for spring break, passes two policies

By Alexandra DeRubeis, For The Pitt News February 25, 2022

With spring break quickly approaching and COVID-19 cases on campus dropping, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Pitt will follow the same guidelines as it did over Thanksgiving break. Pitt will require...

From left, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, Robin Kear, Senate Council president and Kris Kanthak, Senate Council vice president at a meeting in Posvar Hall on Thursday.

Senate Council discusses vaccine mandate, approves two policies

By Allison Radziwon, Staff Writer December 10, 2021
Pitt’s Senate Council held its last monthly meeting of the semester on Thursday afternoon both in person at Posvar Hall and on Zoom. Besides Pitt’s vaccine mandate, the council discussed and voted on two draft policies during the meeting.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher recently approved Pitt’s new budget model, called Budget ReSTART.

Pitt to move forward with new budget model amid concerns over ‘rushed’ process

By Alaina Goldberg, For The Pitt News November 19, 2021
Pitt will transition from its current incremental budget process to a new model called Budget ReSTART in fiscal year 2023, which begins July 1. But some shared governance leaders have concerns about the process used to develop the new budget model.
From left, Patrick Gallagher, chancellor, Robin Kear, Senate Council president and Kris Kanthak, Senate Council vice president at a meeting in 2700 Posvar hall on Thursday.

Senate Council discusses blanket incident, campus safety

By Allison Radziwon, Staff Writer November 12, 2021
Pitt’s Senate Council held its monthly meeting on Thursday afternoon both in person at Posvar Hall and on Zoom. The council spent much of the meeting discussing a recent blanket incident near campus and safety concerns.
Pitt’s Senate Council discussed enrollment numbers, the budget cycle and possible student staff and faculty vaccine requirements at last Wednesday’s meeting. In addition, the Council also voted to create an ad-hoc committee for dependent care.

Senate Council discusses potential COVID-19 vaccine requirement for spring semester

By Millicent Watt, Assistant News Editor October 18, 2021
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Pitt is discussing ways to enforce COVID-19 vaccination — for as early as the spring semester — such as tying vaccination status to student enrollment or faculty employment.
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.
Senate Council held its monthly meeting last Thursday afternoon via Zoom, which was the final meeting of the 2020-21 academic year.

Senate Council passes resolution urging vaccine requirement for fall

By Allison Radziwon, Staff Writer May 26, 2021
As universities across the nation make decisions on a possible COVID-19 vaccine requirement, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said COVID-19 vaccination rates of Pitt students and faculty will affect the University’s planning for the fall semester.
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