Student Expectations for COVID-19

The health and safety of the University community is paramount, and accordingly, the University has made operational adjustments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the University community, students are responsible for participating in these efforts undertaken by the University and for complying with the following health and safety rules. Students who fail to comply with these rules are subject to all sanctions outlined in the Student Handbook, up to and including loss of privileges (prohibition from campus), suspension and dismissal.

While these rules are intended to mitigate health and safety risks, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present risks of a unique and uncertain nature and the University cannot guarantee that a student who returns to the University will not contract COVID-19 and its variants. In returning to the University, students assume responsibility for compliance with the rules described below for their personal protection and the protection of the University community, and assume the risk of exposure to COVID-19, which risk is being mitigated by the University's operational adjustments and student compliance with health and safety rules, but which risk cannot be totally eliminated.

As federal, state, and local rules and regulations are modified in response to the pandemic, these rules are subject to change and students will be notified of any change(s).

Health and Safety Rules

  • As required by the University, students must appropriately wear face coverings in all indoor, public settings on campus. Appropriate use of face covering means that both the nose and the mouth are covered. Students are not required to wear face coverings in their residence hall room or while actively eating or drinking. Others with health-related concerns or those wishing to be proactive may also choose to wear masks.
  • Students must comply with all directives from University Health Services.
  • Resident students must comply with all rules related to on-campus living.
  • Students living in and/or visiting Living Learning Centers must comply with Residence Life visitation policies.
  • As applicable, students must comply with all contact tracing efforts undertaken by the University, in collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department and are obligated to provide a list of close contacts as directed by University Health Services and as required by Allegheny County.
  • Students must comply with the University's directives regarding quarantine, isolation, and preventative and/or health-related measures that may become necessary. A student who has tested positive for COVID-19 is required to follow all University directives with respect to isolation.
  • Students must comply with any additional restrictions or requirements imposed by specific departments, schools, or programs.

Students who need emotional support during these challenging times are encouraged to contact University Counseling Services at 412.396.6204.