Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been reprogrammed to bring in as much outdoor air possible within the limits of the system. The University is adhering to ASHRAE (American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding operation of HVAC equipment and systems. The work in facilities where faculty, staff or students have returned to campus is complete.

Pitt's building systems and commissioning team has invested more than 5,000 hours into HVAC assessments and improvements alone. Read more.

Keep It Clean

University custodians and housekeepers clean and sanitize building areas, including residence halls, daily where authorized onsite University members are located. Frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, elevator buttons and railings are cleaned multiple times per day in all common spaces by University custodians and housekeepers.

University members should clean frequently touched surfaces and objects within their work, living and study spaces using an EPA-approved disinfectant for the virus that causes COVID-19 to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 in their work area. You will need to clean personal desks, telephones, computers and office chairs. Wipe dispensers containing the appropriate disinfectants are located in all educational and learning spaces, including classrooms, computer labs and other areas.

Residence Halls and University Housing

Auxiliary Services personnel clean on-campus housing common areas daily and communal restrooms twice daily. For students residing in suite- and apartment-style housing or hotel rooms, Auxiliary Services provides disposable gloves, household cleaners, disinfectants and cleaning instructions to students in hotel rooms and suite/apartment-style rooms.


Please only use signage produced by Facilities Management or the Office of University Communications and Marketing, which has been approved by Pitt's Healthcare Advisory Group.


See the Cleaning, Disinfection and Hygiene Standards and Guidelines for additional details.