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 often.

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


On this page:

New Graduate Student Orientation Activities

International Graduate Students

Technology Assistance

Financial Support

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)

Fall 2020 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.

At this time, OIS recommends international students travel with a copy of this Fall 2020 Letter for Students.

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 

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


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. 


FLEX@PITT  and TA/TFs (Fall 2020)

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,  graduate dean 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

Flex@Pitt Instructional Model for Fall 2020

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