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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions for University-owned Housing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

General Questions


\What does de-densification mean?

A decrease in the density or concentration of something. To de-densify student housing, we will spread out the number of people per square foot to support a safer environment. This plan allows the university to provide housing placements to all students who have fall housing guarantees following required CDC and university safety protocols. We are doing this in our communal bathroom buildings that have doubles, triples, and quads.  

Dining Services

Where can I find current dining hours and locations? 

Find current hours of operation as well as locations on our campus dining website.  

What protocols are in place in our dining halls to ensure dining on campus is as safe as possible? 

The University continues to work to ensure that on-campus, in-person dining is as safe as possible. For dine-in locations, reservations are required to maintain proper physical distancing and ensure capacity limits comply with commonwealth’s orders for in-person dining and the gathering restrictions in the University’s Shared Spaces Standards and Guidelines. All Pitt EATS locations and associates are:

Changing gloves and handwashing regularly
Practicing physical distancing
Conducting daily wellness checks
Wearing face coverings
Adhering to food safety standards
Sanitizing regularly

In addition, plexiglass barriers have been installed in dining areas, physical distancing and wayfinding reminders are well communicated in both dining areas and behind-the-scenes spaces, and the safety team provides ongoing training.

What if someone is not complying with the health rules in a dining hall?

If you see someone that is not complying with the health rules, please report a concern through the COVID Concern Connection. The more details that you can provide, the better the team will be able to address problematic situations. 


Who can I contact if I see any irresponsible activity happening in my neighborhood, including excessive noise or litter?

Students are required to follow the University’s Code of Conduct at all campus locations, including all residence halls and Pitt hotel properties. Should you observe a violation, please use the “Report a Concern” button at the top of the Environmental Health and Safety website, or submit a tip using the RAVE Guardian mobile safety app.