University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Student FAQ

STUDENT FAQ

Tutoring Services

You may seek tutoring support through online means.  Please refer to Tutoring Services for more information on drop-in and individual tutoring.  Information is updated regularly.  Direct questions to tutorupj@pitt.edu.

Academic Advising

Seek the advice of your advisor and schedule for fall courses.  Check your Student Center through the Pitt Portal at my.pitt.edu for your enrollment date and time as well as your advisor’s name and email address.  You also may find help through your Academic Division that houses your major.

The Academic Success Center will continue to support students who are interested in changing their majors and can help you work through various academic situations.  You may direct questions or concerns to upjasc@pitt.edu.

 

Pittsburgh Information Technology is offering an equipment loan program for students, faculty and staff during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Johnstown students, faculty and staff without computer and/or internet access may contact the Pitt Information Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP.

You will need to provide:

1. User information including name, email, University ID and other demographic information
2. Whether they need to borrow a ChromeBook or HotSpot or Both
3. How long will they need the equipment
4. Shipping address
5. Other information depending on their University affiliation

Requests are being reviewed by the Office of the Provost. If approved, the equipment will be shipped out to the requestor.

HOW DOES THE WEEK OF CANCELED CLASS AFFECT THE SEMESTER? 
The semester calendar will not be changed. Further details will follow. 

WHAT ABOUT REIMBURSEMENT FOR STUDENT ROOM AND BOARD FEES? 

The prorated refund of your housing and dining charges (for those of you who were enrolled in a meal plan) has been processed and should show as a credit in your PittPAY account soon.  If you are enrolled in eRefunds, the money should be in your bank account by late next week (otherwise a check will be issued to you within the next few weeks).

Your prorated housing refund will be based on 36% of your housing charges.  If you had a meal plan, your refund will be prorated based on 36% of your board cost (your total meal plan cost less the amount of Dining Dollars included in the plan) plus 36% of your remaining Dining Dollars.  Please note that any student who was utilizing university scholarship funds for housing or meals will not receive a cash refund from the awarded scholarship.

WHAT IF A STUDENT NEEDS TO PICK UP A PERSONAL ITEM FROM A RESIDENCE HALL? 

 If you have any questions, please contact our office at 814-269-7115 or upjhousing@pitt.edu.

WILL COMMENCEMENT BE HELD THIS SPRING?

The University continues to take measures to protect the health of the Pitt community and our neighbors, including work to ensure that the community avoids large gatherings, which COVID-19 has made unsafe. Unfortunately, as a result, we have decided to postpone all of this spring’s commencement ceremonies and activities. Read Chancellor Patrick Gallagher's full Update on 2020 Commencement Ceremonies.

New dates for in-person ceremonies will be scheduled and announced once circumstances allow and with enough notice for graduates and their families to return to campus for the celebration. Please continue to monitor Pitt's COVID-19 website for updates.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH CLINICAL, INTERNSHIPS, AND SIMILAR FIELD EXPERIENCES? 
For clinical, undergraduate students will receive distance learning options as a substitute for hands on clinical instruction.  It will be directed toward ensuring students meet the class learning outcomes and competencies. Please check with your instructor about what options are available to substitute your laboratory work, clinical or internship experiences.  

WHY ARE OFF CAMPUS ATHLETIC EVENTS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES CANCELED?  
All non-essential travel is canceled, including varsity athletics, club and organization competitions. We did not make this decision lightly, or without fully and carefully weighing all the equities. The fundamental point of cancelling these events is to save lives, reduce the community risk from this pandemic, and the potential for exponential rates of transmission.   

HOW CAN I PURCHASE COURSE MATERIALS FROM THE BOOKSTORE? 
Follett has placed free shipping on all bookstore online orders.  Materials can be ordered at https://www.bkstr.com/johnstownbookstore/home  and shipped directly to your location.  Store hours are subject to change during this time, so please check our website for information on hours.  

 CAN I VISIT CAMPUS AS A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT? 
The University of Pittsburgh, like so many institutions, has made the difficult decision—out of an abundance of caution—to cancel in-person visits. Pitt believes it is in the best interest of our students, prospective students and your families, and the overall community to help our country mitigate the risks of the spread of this pandemic. For all of Pitt's resources surrounding COVID-19, please visit: emergency.pitt.edu. 

In the meantime, we continue to be excited about you and your interest in Pitt. We are making plans today to engage you throughout this process and notify you of the opportunities to help you engage with Pitt. While in-person visits are cancelled, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid continues to be open for business virtually and will be responding and corresponding via email, text, and social/digital media channels. When you're ready to deposit, you can do so anytime by visiting: oafa.pitt.edu/commit-to-pitt/. We will also let you know about our virtual tour opportunities in communications to come. We will be here for you throughout this process. Please send your questions or concerns to our Admissions teamupjadmit@pitt.edu .