Our Plan to Keep You Safe

Pitt Main Campus Returning to Elevated Risk Posture

Although the Pittsburgh campus will return to Elevated Risk Posture, the operations at the law school will remain largely unchanged. Classes that offer in-person meetings may continue to meet in person. We are also permitted to have people in Barco to study and to be in the library.

We have done an excellent job at the law school because you have taken the rules seriously and have remained vigilant—thank you! Please be sure you continue to wear masks, stay distant, and wash your hands frequently. The safety and wellbeing of everyone is our #1 concern. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Dean Amy, Dean Hamoudi, or Dean Linsenmeyer.

The Process

As the University of Pittsburgh School of Law phases back into open campus operations, the health and safety of our community remain top priorities. The law school has developed guidelines and resources to facilitate a safe and healthy return to campus.

Pitt Law Community Commitment

One of Pitt Law’s greatest strengths is our sense of community. As we face the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and plan to mitigate risks in order to begin the 2020-21 academic, a commitment to community-wide actions is essential. Our ability to advance our mission during this pandemic will require each member of the community, without exception — faculty, staff, and students — to comply with all COVID-related health and safety rules as articulated by university and law school leadership.

By signing onto Pitt Law’s Community Commitment, you affirm that you understand what is required in our community this year and that you will fully comply. You also acknowledge that an inability or failure to comply with Pitt Law’s Community Commitment may affect your ability to remain on campus and/or participate as a member of the law school community. Accordingly, there will be consequences for non-compliance, for both employees and students. May we each commit to doing our part to mitigate risk, to actively demonstrate our care for the physical and emotional well-being of others, and to complete a successful year — together.

As a member of the Pitt Law community I affirm that I will comply with all stated expectations for living, learning, gathering and working on campus and in the Pittsburgh community.

  • By my actions, I will mitigate risk of transmitting COVID-19, including by wearing a mask, by observing an appropriate social distance from others, by washing my hands frequently, by participating in testing protocols, and by staying home when I am sick.
  • Through these actions, I will demonstrate care and concern for the physical and psychological well-being of others and create a supportive environment for classmates, colleagues, teachers, students, staff members, neighbors and members of the wider Pittsburgh community.

The wellness and safety of the law school community are part of the governing themes guiding the university's return to campus. We are coming together to meet the challenges ahead and build a more resilient community and campus.

Healthcare Standards & Safety Guidelines

The University of Pittsburgh’s Healthcare Advisory Group is overseeing the development of all health-related guidance and requirements and played a vital role in developing the operational postures. 

For Students

In order to welcome students back as safely as possible, Pitt has adopted a phased arrival approach. This approach was developed by our COVID-19 Medical Response Office (CMRO) in consultation with the Healthcare Advisory Group. If you are uncomfortable with the University’s shelter-in-place protocols or the thought of being on campus during the pandemic, please remember that you have a choice. You are not required to attend in-person classes and can complete your courses remotely and from a setting of your choosing.

For Faculty and Staff

We are grateful to our Pitt Law faculty and staff for their tremendous dedication, flexibility and patience throughout these difficult and uncertain times. From engaging and supporting our students remotely to conducting scholarly work and keepng our building safe and clean, the people of Pitt Law continue to show resilience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pitt Law has developed a comprehensive activity plan for successfully restarting operations and welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus. The careful planning effort addresses the public health concerns around restarting the Fall 2020 semester. For more information, please find frequently asked questions pertaining specifically to Pitt Law.