Student masking, social distancing and daily screenings to be part of campus safety in fall

University Communication to Students
Distributed: 07/02/2020
Posted: 07/06/2020

Dear Students,

We are hopeful as we enter the month of July that you remain safe and healthy. With our August opening set to occur within the next six weeks, our communications will focus on specific information you need to know regarding fall plans. To that end, here are the updates for this week:

We Are the Key to Our Success

This week, it is important to acknowledge that Allegheny County has seen multiple new daily records for confirmed cases of COVID-19, the most significant number of which are occurring in younger populations. As such, a mandatory order to wear masks has been put into place effective yesterday. Therefore, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and practicing proper hand washing hygiene remain the best defense against the spread of the virus. To be successful in the fall, we will need to demonstrate good practice now and embrace the Commitment to the Common Good in August.

Fall 2020 Re-entry and Resiliency Plan

The fall plan is posted to the University website.
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the contents. We will be providing comprehensive details on the website beginning the week of July 13. This will include a Q&A section, so remain attentive for updates.

Monitoring and Maintaining Health

In the Re-entry and Resiliency Plan, please note you can expect to be screened daily as you enter campus in the fall. To assist this process:
  • Page 8 outlines screening questions that each of you should be reviewing daily before proceeding to campus.
  • As in past years, the University recommends that all students complete annual reviews with health providers before returning to campus. Please take steps to complete these requirements if you have not done so already.
  • Student athletes and residential students are specifically required to complete and submit health forms prior to or at arrival in August.
  • All students are encouraged to self-quarantine, limiting interactions and risk of exposure, for 14 days prior to returning to campus. Preventative health measures are the best way to maintain health and contribute to the overall health of the campus community.
  • Daily when on campus, students will be expected to wear masks at all times, social distance, practice good hand washing hygiene and implement cleaning of common use areas.
We remain confident you will embrace your role, knowing together we can do this.


Timothy P. Phillips
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students