Pitt could be forced to have hybrid fall semester because of pandemic

PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh might be forced to have a hybrid semester in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported.

Pitt closed its campuses last month because of COVID-19, moving classes online for the spring semester.

No decisions have been made for the fall, but Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher told TribLIVE it’s possible students will cycle between smaller classes on campus and online, depending on where things stand with the virus.

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During a virtual meeting with Pitt’s Faculty Union, Gallagher said Pitt incurred $30-40 million in costs after it closed its campuses and provided refunds for room and board, and retooled to continue online operations, TribLIVE reported.

“What happens in the future will depend upon how this pandemic unfolds and how the public health community attacks it … Back to normal is probably not likely for the fall because there will be no vaccine or widespread immunity,” Gallagher said.