COVID-19: Resources for Graduate Students

Every day, we learn more about COVID-19. University of Pittsburgh experts are carefully monitoring this new knowledge and adjusting course in response.

This page is intended to serve as a portal to connect Dietrich School graduate students with many of the University of Pittsburgh's resources for graduate and professional students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Please visit "The Power of Pitt" website at often to stay informed.

Consult for the University’s standards and guidelines, including academics, students, resesarch, health, facilities, meetings, event, & travel.

Resources for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdocs during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The central university website for graduate student resources; please check frequently for updates. 

Resilience Framework and Operational Postures

Pitt COVID-19 Dashboard

Details about the spring academic calendar can be found here.  Student self-care days spring 2021: February 23, March 24, 2021

Ombudsperson for DSAS Graduate Students


On this page:

New Graduate Student Orientation Activities

International Graduate Students

Technology Assistance

Financial Support; Meal Scholarship Program

Wellness; University Counseling Center

Flex@PITT and TA/TFs

GSRs and GSAs

University Library




Graduate & Professional Student Orientation Activities: central website 

University-wide Orientation  (August 17, 2020): Watch the recording and view presenters' slides here: 



Office of International Services (OIS)

Spring 2021 Information (OIS). All international students should frequently review this information which is being updated as relevant. 

For the recording of a webinar hosted by the Office of International Services for incoming and current international graduate students on July 17, 2020, please see here.

Accessing IT Services from China: 


TECHNOLGY ASSISTANCE: Through Pitt IT, you can borrow a remote device that you may need for your graduate training in fall 2020. 

IT Resources for Working Digitally 



Student Emergency Assistance Fund 

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is available to students who may be undergoing financial hardship due to unanticipated expenses or emergency situations.

Briea St. Clair, Coordinator of Student Services in the DSAS Office of Graduate Studies, is available to assist students who may be considering applying for emergency assistance funds. Briea is familiar with the requirements and is accessible to you as a confidential sounding board. If you decide to apply, she can help guide you through the process, e.g. how to think through areas of need, documenting need, and so forth.  Please feel free to reach out to Briea directly at

Meal Scholarship Program: This program from the Campus Basic Needs Committee provides an additional short-term food resource for students facing food insecurity caused by an emergency or other unforeseen circumstances. Apply using this form.


The Wellness Resources Guide provides a wealth of information on services and resources that go beyond academics.

The Stress Free Zone (SFZ) offers space for students to learn and practice evidence-based, mind/body stress reduction skills through mindfulness meditation. Classes and workshops will continue operating remotely for spring 2021.


The University Counseling Center (UCC) offers a number of counseling groups that provide a safe and confidential space for graduate and professional students to share and connect. Learn more about group counseling at the UCC. Graduate and professional student groups meet every Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the spring 2021 semester. If you are interested, call 412-648-7930.

Virtual Services & Programs

Racial Trauma & Self-Care Resources

Let's Talk Drop-In Consultations: informal, confidential consultation with a clinician from the University Counseling Center, free for all enrolled University of Pittsburgh students

University Counseling Center Groups

Virtual Wellness Workshops hosted by UCC in fall 2020 include:

Academic Performance Skills 
ACT Meaningfully: An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Building an Anti-Racist Toolkit
Facing White Fragility 
Healthy Coping Skills 
I Just Can't Get Over It 
International Tea Time
Maintaining Emotional Balance 
Managing Racial Stress and Trauma
Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
Self-Care as Social Justice 
Staying Well While Staying In: A Collective Guide to Wellness
Self-Care 101
So, this is College? 
Stress Management Skills

TAO: Therapy Assistance Online, a private online library of behavioral health resources. TAO can be completed at your own pace. 

Graduate Student Parents: Pitt’s Office of Human Resources has teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University to offer a Temporary Family Care Proctoring Service for children in grades 1 through 6 who are currently enrolled in online schooling. The program begins Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and runs Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per hour. Capacity is limited and approval will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

FLEX@PITT  and TA/TFs (Fall 2020//Spring 2021)

Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows have the choice to teach or fulfill their duties remotely or in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. For any questions or concerns about your appointment, please contact your program, Ombudsperson Philippa Carter,  Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Holger Hoock, or the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies.

For TAs/TFs: Please check frequently the constantly-updated resources of the University Center for Teaching and Learning.

Training resources available about Flex@Pitt classroom technology:

Zoom Rooms – Introduction: This video is an overview of the Flex@Pitt hybrid technology recently installed in several classrooms across campus.
Zoom Rooms – Technical Overview: This video explains the technical details of using Zoom Rooms to create meetings, record lectures, share your screen, and more using the newly installed technology.
NEW: How to Schedule Zoom Meetings in Canvas (so the sessions appear in your course): This interactive module guides you through the steps of creating a Zoom class meeting that integrates with Canvas and Panopto.

Dealing with  scenarios in the classroom involving non-compliance with Pitt health and safety standards

COVID–19 Remote IT Resources

COVID-19 Standards and Guidelines: Instruction 

Graduate Student Researchers and Graduate Student Assistants (GSR/GSA) 

If you have an appointment as a GSR or GSA, please read the guidelines for research trainees and discuss them with your advisor or principal investigator.

For any questions or concerns about your appointment, please contact your program, Ombudsperson Philippa Carter,  graduate dean Holger Hoock, or the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies



Hours, Collections, and Services Updates for Fall 2020

ULS Activity Area Plan 



Provost Messages About COVID-19

Chancellor's Spotlight