University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Fall 2021 Move-In FAQ

Additional content will be added to this page throughout the summer.  Please so be sure to visit our Arrival 2021 page: https://www.johnstown.pitt.edu/housing-services/fall-move-day.  The following information is subject to change prior to the start of classes. (This page was last updated at August 16, 2021.) 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Will I have to wear a face covering on campus this year?
Currently, well-fitting face coverings are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings when outside on campus. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings outdoors when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.  Please continue to visit the Pitt coronavirus website for updates to our health and safety guidelines (https://www.coronavirus.pitt.edu/).

Will I have to wear a face covering during move-in?
Currently, well-fitting face coverings are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings when outdoors on campus.

Will guests be allowed in university housing?
Yes!  The restrictions imposed 2020-2021 have been lifted!  Additional information will be shared with all students via email later this summer

Will common spaces and the Wellness Center be open?
Yes!  All gathering locations will be open along with the Wellness Center. 

Will I have to shelter in place before and after I arrive on campus?
Unvaccinated students and students who choose not to disclose their vaccination status are asked to shelter in place for seven days before and after arriving on campus.

How do I find my move-in date and time?
You will receive an email message at the beginning of August instructing you how to check your building and roommate assignment, roommate/suitemate information, and your confirmed assigned arrival day and time.  While these dates are subject to change, we anticipate the following arrival dates (times TBA):

  • First-Year students (vaccinated) – Monday, August 23 (8 a.m.-12 p.m.)
  • First-Year students (non-vaccinated/non-disclosed) - Friday, August 20 (1-3 p.m.)
  • Upper-Class (vaccinated) – Thursday, August 26 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Upper-Class students (non-vaccinated/non-disclosed) - Monday, August 23 (1-3 p.m.)

How many helpers can I have for move-in?
You are permitted two helpers inside your residence hall for Arrival. We appreciate your cooperation in reducing the number of people on campus and in the residence halls during Arrival for the health and safety of the campus community.  We request that guests be in the residence halls no longer than 90 minutes.

Can I have lunch with my helpers on campus after I move in?
First-year students and their two guests will be provided tickets for a free lunch on Monday, August 23.  Students arriving after August 23 will be able to use their meal plan to eat in the dining hall (no guests are currently permitted in the dining hall due to COVID restrictions).  Retail locations will open at 5 p.m., Thursday, August 26. 

Will there be testing and other mitigation procedures in place during student move-in?
Students who are not vaccinated or who choose to not provide approved proof of vaccination will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arriving to campus. A test kit, along with instructions, will be mailed to the students' home addresses.  They will also need to shelter in place for seven days prior to traveling to campus and seven days after arriving on campus.  To attend in-person events and activities on campus, they will need complete a second COVID test with a negative result 48 hours after moving in.  All students who reported a status other than "fully vaccinated" will also be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. 

Is the university housing vaccine disclosure the same thing as the Voluntary Disclosure Form?
No, the Voluntary Disclosure Form is for the entire Pitt community to disclose their vaccination status. Students who will be living in university housing will complete a form through the Campus Services.   

If I plan to live in university housing for the 2021-2022 academic year, am I required to disclose my vaccination status?
Yes, you are required to submit proof of vaccination or to let us know that you are either not vaccinated or choose not to disclose your vaccination status. This is done via Campus Services using the "Update my vaccine status" link.   Information will be made available in August regarding situations where vaccinated students do not wish to reside with unvaccinated students. 

Will there be a shuttle operating between CPA and campus?
Unfortunately, due to the continued presence of COVID-19, all shuttle service has been discontinued.  

 

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED

How can I submit my proof of vaccine?
Please login to Campus Services and click “Go” next to “Update my vaccine status.”

If I am assigned a roommate who has not had a COVID-19 vaccine, can I change rooms?
University Housing cannot require students to disclose their vaccination status, and precautions are in place for unvaccinated students who will be living on campus. If you do not wish to reside with a non-vaccinated/non-disclosed student, you will have the opportunity to move after the first week of classes, when room changes become available.  

If I have been vaccinated, will I have to get tested for COVID-19 before arriving at campus?
No. Testing will only be required for non-vaccinated and students who do not disclose.

Will I have to shelter in place after I arrive if I have received a COVID-19 vaccine?
No. If you are fully vaccinated, you will not have to shelter in place.

 

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED OR CHOOSE NOT TO DISCLOSE

How do I request a vaccination waiver?
You do not need to request a waiver.  Instead, please login to Campus Services and click "Go" next to the "Update my vaccine status" and choose either "I am not vaccinated" or "I prefer not to answer."  

Will I need to have a COVID-19 test prior to coming to campus?
Yes.  You will need to provide a negative test result prior to arriving on campus.  A test kit will be mailed directly to your permanent mailing address.  Additional information will be provided in August. 

Will not having a COVID-19 vaccine or not disclosing impact my university housing assignment?
All students are assigned through the allocation process.  However, if a vaccinated student does not wish to reside with a nonvaccinated person a room change could occur. 

If I have not been vaccinated, do I have to disclose that to live in university housing?
Yes. This is done via Campus Services using the "Update my vaccine status" link. You can indicate that you have not been vaccinated or select the "choose to not disclose" option.  

If I have not had a COVID-19 vaccine or do not disclose, will my campus experience be impacted/restricted?
If you have not been vaccinated or choose not to disclose your vaccination status, you will be required to produce a negative test result before coming to campus, a negative test result 48 hours after arriving on campus and will need to shelter in place before and after returning to campus. If your on-campus test is negative, you will be permitted to participate in campus activities while wearing a face covering. Unvaccinated students will be required to wear a face covering while not in their living space. 

If I return to campus before I receive my test result, will I be allowed to move into my university residence?
No. If you are unvaccinated or do not disclose your vaccination status, you are required to provide a negative test result before moving into university housing. If you return to campus without a negative test result, you will be housed in one of the isolation rooms in the LLC (and be subject to a charge of $30 per night) for at least 48 hours, at which point you can be tested.

Can I arrive after my assigned arrival day?
If you arrive on campus after the shelter-in-place period has begun and you do not have a negative test result, you will be required to stay in one of the isolation rooms in the LLC (and be subject to a charge of $30 per night) for at least 48 hours, at which point you can be tested.

What do I do if my COVID-19 test is positive?
If your test is positive, Student Health Services will contact you with next steps.

 

Questions?  Contact us at upjhousing@pitt.edu