University Communication to Students
Distributed: October 15, 2020
Posted: October 15, 2020  

Dear Students,

While it’s been a short academic week, it seems the intensity of the last half of the semester has picked up. Likewise, COVID-19 infections are up in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Here are some important updates for the week:

Commitment to the Common Good

Given the rise in COVID-19 cases, your commitment to the common good continues to be critically important. If you have any symptoms that could be COVID-19, please do not come to campus. Additionally, wearing a mask, social distancing, washing your hands properly, and cleaning spaces around you has been proven to reduce transmission. Please continue to be diligent with these practices.

COVID-19 Campus Dashboard

As previously communicated, the University has a dashboard tracking confirmed positive cases on the University website. The University is working with the Allegheny County Health Department for monitoring and contact tracing. Those who may have been exposed will be contacted either by the health department, the University, or both. Exposure alerts may also be helpful through the PA COVID-19 Tracking App (see below).

Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!

Concern about the impact of the flu season within the pandemic makes getting the flu vaccine more important than ever this year. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Many local pharmacies and medical centers are currently providing flu shots. The annual flu shot clinic is hosted by the American Healthcare Group, who will be here on campus October 28 and 29. For more information, consult Health Services and visit the CDC website.

PA COVID-19 Tracking App

The Allegheny County Health Department is asking all residents to consider downloading and using the state tracking app. COVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS)* *provided by Apple and Google. You can now add your phone to the fight against COVID-19 by going to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and downloading the free COVID Alert PA app to your smartphone.

Spring and Summer 2021 Course Registration

The course schedule will be posted on WebAdvisor on Friday, Oct. 23, and registration begins Nov. 2. Be on the lookout for emails with links to instructional videos and additional resources for both students and advisors to help you prepare for registration.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Student Affairs office at 412-578-6293.

Take care, stay safe, and reach out if we can help.


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