Vaccine clinic offered to students as on-ground classes resume

Dear Students,

Allegheny County continues to report case rates above 25%, keeping the county in the high-risk category. Details on the “County View” may be found by clicking here. We ask all to remain diligent with measures to maintain health and limit spread. Please review additional important information for you to know this week below.

New This Week:

Classes Resume On-Ground on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022

Classes designated as on-ground will shift from virtual to their original format beginning Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. As of Monday:

  • Students must be fully vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption to return to on-ground classes.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to submit a negative test prior to return and required to have a negative test within 72 hours of arrival. See testing access below.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms, you should remain home, not come to campus and contact Health Services and your faculty.
  • Please contact Health Services, 412-578-6474 with any questions.

Deadline for Vaccination Confirmation – Jan. 24, 2022

All students must be fully vaccinated or have a confirmed medical or religious waiver on file with Health Services by Jan. 24, 2022. Please click here to submit your vaccination status. Additional related information, including waiver requests, may be found by clicking here. Students who are not in compliance with this policy may face course progress interruptions and be subject to conduct review.

Vaccine Clinic Available

Integrated Health 21 (IH21) will offer vaccines on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 in Frances Warde Hall. First, second and booster doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available. To sign up, please click here.

Masks Available

As we return to campus, we will have properly fitting masks (disposable, white surgical style with nose fitting) available should you forget one or need to replace the one you have. Cloth masks have been proven ineffective. Please stop by Campus Police Dispatch, Frances Warde Hall, to get one.

Return Testing Available – Required if Not Fully Vaccinated

Return to campus PCR (not rapid) testing is scheduled with Curative on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all students courtesy of the Allegheny County Health Department. The Curative van will be stationed outside Dougherty Hall in the handicap parking spaces off the main driveway. You may schedule an appointment by clicking here. A Curative van is also available seven days a week at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History near the outside rear parking lot. You may schedule an appointment for that location by clicking here.

Responding to Health Issues

As we navigate the pandemic environment, please use the following guidelines:

  • Regardless of vaccination status, if you have any COVID-19-related symptoms, please do not come to campus. Instead, please contact Health Services, 412-578-6474, and/or your primary care physician (PCP) for further guidance.
  • When symptomatic, students are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty regarding course requirements and maintaining progress in a remote status.

Tiernan Dining Hall Hours

Hours of Tiernan Hall have been updated for the Spring 2022 semester.

  • Monday-Thursday: 12 – 2 p.m.; 4:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 12 – 2 p.m.; 4:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Please download the Dine On Campus app (iOS)(Android) to your phone to see menus, with ingredients, daily specials, and weekly events that will occur.

Reminders:

Wear Properly Fitting Masks

All students are asked to wear properly fitting masks when in campus buildings or vehicles. As the semester has begun, masks fitted improperly and loosely have been noted. Please see the latest information on recommended masks by clicking here. Cloth masks, while fashionable, have been found to be less effective than medical masks.

Help Needed? Submit a Care Report

At the beginning of each semester, students occasionally struggle with affordability, academic adjustments and connecting to the community. If you become concerned about yourself or others, please submit a report and let the Care Team know about any needs, questions or concerns. We are active and will contact you, or those you refer, to help. You may also contact the Student Affairs office at 412-578-6293 or .

We look forward to having students return to campus!

Sincerely,

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

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