Students asked to limit travel, contact with others two weeks prior to campus return

University Communication to Students
Distributed: 07/16/2020
Posted: 07/16/2020

Dear Students, 

It’s hard to believe that we are now in mid-July and a few steps closer to your fall return. The University is very busy implementing many measures that will ensure a safe campus experience while continuing to provide transformational educational opportunities for every student.

I encourage you to watch a special video message from President Suzanne Mellon welcoming you back to our unique fall semester.

I’d also like to direct you to a new section on our website that is designed to answer the many questions you may have about your fall return. Visit this page frequently as we are regularly updating it with new information as soon as it becomes available.

We are now in the midst of a week where Pennsylvania has seen a dramatic increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases. It remains imperative that we each recognize our individual roles in collectively working together to prevent the spread of this coronavirus. It is for the common good.

We are asking all students to limit travel and contact with others to the greatest extent possible for two weeks prior to their return. Students athletes are mandated to do so.

The more that we can limit our exposure, the most likely we are to keep everyone safe and healthy. In the words of Matthew Brown, Chief of Emergency Services for Allegheny County, “We are the key to our success.”


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