Pitt's Operational Postures

Pitt Main Campus Moving to Guarded Risk Posture Oct. 19

You may be wondering what a move to the Guarded Risk posture on October 19th means for the law school. The short answer is that, as a result of the many things professional schools were permitted to do in Elevated Risk, this changes very little for us. We were granted permission to host you in our building much earlier than the rest of campus; we were also permitted to have more than 24 students in our classrooms earlier than others. As a result, our operations will not be different than what they have been.

It is nevertheless a good moment to say again that you are all welcome to join us in the building for classes being held in person; there is lots of room! We also invite you to join us in Barco to study in the library or a classroom in your assigned space, and to take a break on the ground floor or the patio.

The move to Guarded does not change anything about the requirements for coming into the building. You must still do the health check, wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands frequently. It also does not change anything about what we expect from those who prefer to be remote or about what will be available online. You still have full choice in terms of how you would like to attend classes and whether you would like to return to the building.

We hope this helps. If you have any questions, please let us know.

With best wishes,

Dean Amy


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.

Below, please find frequently asked questions pertaining specifically to Pitt Law.

What do the three operational postures mean for faculty, staff and students returning to the Barco Law Building?

The University of Pittsburgh has established three operational postures that drive the decision making and activity levels. Accordingly, Pitt’s operations, in every posture, is that there must be a good reason to be on campus and in our building. This means that we must justify and approve everyone who will be in the law building at any time and in any posture. 

  • High-Risk Posture:  In the high-risk posture, the University is open, but activity is heavily restricted to help stop the spread of the virus. We will operate with a skeleton crew and do only the most necessary of functions. The building is on full lockdown and only essential personnel are permitted in the building.
  • Elevated Risk Posture: We will host a limited number of students/graduates with need in the building (as we are doing now for bar exam study) and we will have a few more staff and faculty in the building for certain tasks that satisfy a test for need. We will ask everyone to teach online unless you can demonstrate a need to be in the building. Even then, we can only host classes not larger than 25. Law community members will have swipe access to enter according to their designated schedule. For cleaning and refreshing purposes, the available building hours are 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays.
  • Guarded Risk Posture: Meets the minimum standards of Pennsylvania’s green phase. Here, fewer restrictions are in place, while many mitigation measures remain. This posture allows us to have more activity within the building, such as instruction, research, library services, clinic and incubator operations, and study spaces, but only on the designated schedule that we create in order to comply with density restrictions. Law community members and some non-law students and faculty with classes in our building will have swipe access. The building hours will be 7 am to 10 pm Mondays through Thursday; 7 am to 5 pm on Friday; and noon to 8 pm on Sunday. We are closed on Saturday, which will allow time for cleaning crews to provide a deep clean to our building each week.