University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

President's Message to Parents About Coronavirus

Hello Pitt-Johnstown Parents,

I wanted to give you a brief update on the activities on the Pitt-Johnstown campus since the University’s shift to alternative and distance learning was announced by Chancellor Gallagher on Wednesday, March 11th.

Please understand that the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is open for business and all administrative offices are here to help your students finish their semester successfully.  Campus offices will be open with normal business hours Monday, March 16.

Please see below for updates on some areas within the Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Divisions:  

•       Housing & Dining - Students should not return to live in University housing if they have that option.  We are accommodating students who do not have other housing options or cannot return to their homes.  All resident students received an email from the Housing and Dining Office yesterday with instructions on the move-out process.  The Housing and Dining Office will be open every day, including weekends, from Friday, March 13 until Saturday, March 21 from 9AM-6PM to accommodate students moving out and retrieving their belongings.  Students who move out will receive a prorated refund for their housing and dining charges.  Students with questions about housing or dining should contact the Housing and Dining Office at 814-2697115.

On-campus food service will be available beginning on Monday, March 16th.  The Tuck Shop in the Student Union will be open from 9AM-6PM March 16-March 20.  Food service options may change, based upon the numbers of students who remain on campus, beginning on March 23 when remote classes begin.

•       The Office of Health and Counseling Services will continue to serve students through distance and alternative methods.  Any student in need of counseling services can call 814-269-7119 and arrangements will be made with the student to provide service in the most convenient and safe method possible including in-person appointments.

Students can also access the Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) service at any time at

Additionally, we continue to encourage your students to take care of their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing—including continuing the practice of social distancing once they return home, as well as frequent handwashing and contacting their healthcare provider if they feel ill.

•       Campus Facilities and Services are open. Some student services such as the Wellness Center and the Campus Shuttle will have different hours beginning on March 23 when classes resume.

•       All Student Affairs offices will remain open during regular hours throughout the Spring semester.  Students are encouraged to engage these offices, such as Career Services, remotely if necessary, for assistance and services.  The Student Activities and Engagement Office is working on

developing and offering virtual engagement activities to your students.  Campus Police will maintain its 24/7 service to the campus community and facilities.

•       Academics & Classes - The plans for classes, labs, clinicals, and other in-person forms of learning are being evaluated by Academic Affairs and the Academic Divisions.  Students should wait for and follow the guidance that will be sent from these groups.  Additionally, plans for academic advising and virtual academic support services are being developed.

We all have an opportunity now to slow the impact of this pandemic through social distancing.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through very difficult challenges brought about by the emergency situation created by the coronavirus pandemic.  Our primary focus remains assuring your son or daughter successfully completes their program.

Thank you,

Jem Spectar, President

NOTE:  Please click “Fall reopening - UPJ Ready” page for more information.