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University of Pittsburgh Greensburg    
2023-2024 Greensburg Campus Catalog 
  Jun 13, 2024
2023-2024 Greensburg Campus Catalog

About the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Mission Statement

To welcome students from all backgrounds and provide them with a high-quality, affordable education to become skilled, responsible, adaptable professionals and global citizens. The University enriches the region through community engagement, scholarship, artistic expression, and workforce development.


The University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284 - 5000. Schools, programs, and departments may furthermore be accredited by discipline-specific accrediting bodies.

Campus and Community

History of the Campus

A regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg opened for business on Sept. 3, 1963 in downtown Greensburg’s Vogel Building. During the past 60 years, the campus has grown from an institution offering two-year degrees to become, in 1988, a four-year liberal arts college that offers 31 baccalaureate degree programs, 31 minors, and four certificate programs. In 2017, collaborating with the acclaimed University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pitt-Greensburg became the first college in Westmoreland County to offer an accredited bachelor’s of nursing degree.

The campus also has experienced physical growth. On June 29, 1964, the Charles Lynch Estate was purchased and classes and offices were established in the family mansion, now known as Lynch Hall. During the decades that followed, new construction added 27 structures, including multi-use buildings, classroom buildings, residence halls, and a modern library-all on 219 wooded acres. Frank A. Cassell Hall, the campus’ first sustainable building with Gold LEED certification, opened for use in 2012 and houses IT and the computer center along with faculty offices and classrooms. Opened for classes in January 2023, the new Life Sciences Building is the campus’ second sustainable LEED-certified building. The Pitt-Greensburg educational experience is further enhanced by a multimedia lab in Millstein Library that provides students, faculty, and staff with state-of-the-art digital equipment.

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted school that offers the resources of a world-renowned university combined with the individualized and immersive experiences of a small liberal arts college.

Campus Community

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg offers a safe, close-knit community that welcomes students and their families. Faculty, staff, and students interact in the classroom and beyond-collaborating on community service projects and research projects or enjoying athletic or campus events.

With a 16-to-1 student to faculty ratio and an average of 17 students per class, the academic environment provides personalized guidance from faculty who help students to see the connection between the skills they are learning and the abilities they will need as working professionals. Undergraduate research opportunities are available and encouraged, further preparing students for graduate and professional school or careers. A dedicated staff provides a variety of other services that range from handling administrative support to career development to mental health care and more.

Pitt-Greensburg enrolls nearly 1300 full-time students, more than 600 of whom live in the five residence halls on campus. Peer mentoring and commuter mentoring programs help first-year students and new transfer students to quickly adjust to campus life. More than 50 campus clubs and organizations provide opportunities to meet other students, enhance established skills, or explore new interests.

As part of the University of Pittsburgh system, Pitt-Greensburg connects the best of big and small school environments, allowing students to explore the resources of Pitt-one of the nation’s most prestigious research institutions-and the individualized immersive experiences of a small liberal arts college.


  • Faculty: 122 (76 full-time; 46 regular part-time)
  • Staff: 118 (102 regular full-time; 3 regular part-time; 12 temporary part-time)

Academic Facilities

  • Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center, an intimate 165-seat auditorium;
  • Frank A. Cassell Hall, a Gold LEED-certified sustainable building, that features classrooms, a student computer center, and offices;
  • Chambers Hall, the campus student center that includes Wagner Dining Hall, Bobcat Station, the Ronnie Andrews Fitness Center, the Campus Bookstore, the Office of Student Services, and the gymnasium;
  • Ferguson Theater, a 266-seat auditorium capable of supporting theater productions and other public events.
  • Lynch Hall, a stately historic mansion that now serves as the administrative center of campus;
  • McKenna Hall, which offers classrooms and additional computer facilities;
  • Millstein Library, provides research support for faculty, staff, and students. In addition to instruction and reference services, the library offers a collection of print materials, online resources, computer workstations and a digital media lab.
  • Powers Hall, which houses classrooms, faculty offices, and a small auditorium;
  • Smith Hall, featuring classrooms, faculty offices, and biology, chemistry, and other natural science laboratories; and
  • Village Hall, a multi-use building located in the center of the Academic Village that houses the Coffeehouse, and offices as wells as classroom and meeting spaces.
  • In addition to the Chambers Hall Gymnasium, Pitt-Greensburg’s athletes compete on a softball field, a baseball field, a soccer field, and practice field.


As a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), Pitt-Greensburg fields 13 NCAA Division III athletic teams including:

  • Men’s teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis.
  • Women’s teams: basketball, bowling, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball.

Learn more about Pitt-Greensburg Athletics at

Clubs & Organizations

More than 50 clubs and organizations exist at Pitt-Greensburg, including the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board. These groups provide opportunities for out-of-classroom learning, as well as leadership experience.  Learn more at greensburgpitt/student-life/activities.

Community Service

Pitt-Greensburg students learn first-hand that community service does good-and feels good. Whether it’s through the semesterly “Into the Streets” event, Pitt Make A Difference Day, MLK Day of Service, Circle K International, Habitat for Humanity, Outdoor Adventure and Community Service, American Red Cross,  or other organizations and classes, Pitt-Greensburg students volunteer hundreds of hours in the Greensburg community each month.

Global Experiences

Students attending Pitt-Greensburg may take advantage of the wide range of programs available through the University of Pittsburgh Global Experiences Office, including study abroad and study away. Scholarship opportunities are available, including through the prestigious Vira I. Heinz Program. For more information, contact the on-campus Study Abroad Coordinator,

Honor Societies

Students are encouraged to excel academically as evidenced by the national honor societies with chapters at Pitt-Greensburg. These include:

  • Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Honor Society;
  • Beta Beta Beta - National Honor and Professional Society for Biological Sciences;
  • Chi Alpha Sigma - National College Athlete Honor Society;
  • Delta Psi Omega - National Theatre Honor Society;
  • DaVinci Society - Juniors and Seniors selected for academic excellence, leadership, service and international experience;
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon - National Chemistry Honor Society;
  • Lambda Pi Eta - National Communication Honor Society;
  • Phi Eta Sigma - National Freshman Honor Society;
  • Phi Kappa Phi - the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective academic honor society that recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education;
  • Phi Gamma Mu - Social Science Honor Society;
  • Phi Lambda Theta - Education Honor Society;
  • Pi Mu Epsilon - National Mathematics Honors Society;
  • Pi Sigma Alpha - National Political Science Honor Society;
  • Psi Chi - National Psychology Honor Society;
  • SALUTE - Veterans Honor Society;
  • National Technology Honor Society - IT Honor Society;
  • Sigma Theta Tau - Nursing Honor Society;
  • Sigma Tau Delta - National English Honor Society.

Throughout the year, Pitt-Greensburg offers a wide range of lectures, musical performances, and theatrical performances to the community-frequently at no charge to the public. These include programming offered by the Academic Village, a Pitt-Greensburg innovation that integrates the curricular and extra-curricular experiences of students (see Academic Village section).

Additional information about student activities may be found at

Military Friendly School

Pitt-Greensburg has been selected a “Military Friendly School” (2012 to present) by GI Jobs Magazine. The title recognizes colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students.


Pitt-Greensburg is proud of its more than 11,000 alumni - many of whom continue to live and work in Southwestern Pennsylvania. From the campus’ inception in 1963 through 1987, our students graduated with two-year (associate) degrees. In 1988, Pitt-Greensburg was authorized to offer four-year (baccalaureate) degrees. Our alumni include those students who attended Pitt-Greensburg for two semesters or more.

The Community Beyond Campus

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is situated on a 219-acre campus in suburban Hempfield Township, three miles southeast of the City of Greensburg and approximately 40 miles southeast of the City of Pittsburgh. Nestled in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands, the campus is surrounded by outdoor recreation venues, dining establishments, shopping plazas, and the region’s rich history. Pitt-Greensburg is a five-minute drive from uptown Greensburg and less than an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh.

In particular, nearby recreational opportunities abound via the Five Star Trail, The Palace Theatre, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and AMC Classic Westmoreland 15 Movie Theater. A wide variety of restaurants and other dining options are available, including popular chains, international offerings, and independent restaurants. Churches representing a variety of denominations also welcome students.

Pitt-Greensburg is an official stop on the Westmoreland Transit System, making it possible for students to visit Westmoreland Mall, the downtown Greensburg Shopping District, and the Greensburg Cultural District. Grocery stores and other shopping centers dot the Route 30 corridor. Visiting families can take advantage of hotel/motel accommodations located close to campus.

Students and local businesses both benefit from the Pitt-Plus program, sponsored by the campus Student Government Association (SGA). Students receive discounts by showing their student ID at participating locations. Look for the Pitt-Plus logo displayed in the windows of businesses partnering with the SGA.

For 60 years, Pitt-Greensburg has provided support and services to the greater Greensburg Community. From community service projects done by our students, faculty, and staff to lectures and performances that are open to the public, Pitt-Greensburg is a regional resource. That strong relationship with the community is also illustrated by the variety of internships through local businesses and organizations as well as the annual career fairs in which our students participate. The Center for Applied Research (CFAR) regularly works with community businesses and organizations, which in turn provides experiential learning opportunities for students.

Campus Facilities

Academic Village

The Academic Village is comprised of six buildings (Apollo House, Athena House, Franklin House, Marshall House, Mead House, and Selene House). Each building contains eight apartments and each apartment houses four students. Each apartment contains four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. The kitchen has a full-size refrigerator, range oven, microwave, dishwasher, sink and cabinets. Admission to Academic Village housing is competitive and is based upon a student’s application and academic record. See the Academic Villages section for more information about the Academic Village at Pitt-Greensburg and the Housing and Residence Life section for information on applying for Village housing.

Bobcat Park (Baseball Field)

Pitt-Greensburg’s baseball field is located behind Millstein Library and is part of the Ridilla Athletic fields. The field, most recently renovated in 2011, features a grass infield and outfield, along with bricked dugouts and a batting cage located in center field.

Kenneth E. Bell Memorial Nature Trail

The Kenneth E. Bell Memorial Nature Trail, named in memory of a botanist, expert naturalist, and professor of Biology, is accessible from the campus parking lot below the First Baptist Church. The trail is more than one-quarter of a mile in length and passes through a rich woodland of diverse established trees and plants.

Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center

The 4,600 square foot facility includes a 165-seat theater for plays, musical programs, and lectures. The chapel is open to the Pitt-Greensburg community and the public as a place for spiritual reflection.

Frank A. Cassell Hall

Cassell Hall serves as the campus computer center. Its facilities include a large walk-in computing lab, one computer classroom, one training classroom, one video classroom, and offices for computer center staff and faculty. The Department of Computing Services and Telecommunications, located in Cassell Hall, supports both academic and administrative users of computers, networks, and telephones.

Chambers Hall

As the student center, Chambers Hall is the major social and recreational hub for the Pitt-Greensburg campus. The information desk, just inside the main doors, is where students sign up for events, purchase tickets, borrow athletic equipment, etc. Recreational facilities include the Ronnie Andrews Fitness Center, gymnasium, game room, and running track. Dining facilities include a cafeteria (Wagner Dining Hall) and a snack bar (Bobcat Station). The Fireside Lounge and the Hempfield Room provide spaces for formal and informal meetings. The Campus Bookstore is also on the first floor. The second floor of Chambers Hall is home to the Office of the Dean of Student Services, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the Health Center, the Counseling Center, the Career Service Center, and the Athletic Department. The offices for the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Activities Board (SAB), as well as other student organizations are also on the second floor.

College Hall

College Hall is a traditional-style residence facility for as many as 144 students. Rooms in College Hall are shared by two to three students and have private baths, carpeting, and air conditioning. There is also a large TV room, recreation room, and two large study rooms located in the building.

Faculty Office Building

Offices for faculty in the Division of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences are found in the Faculty Office Building.


The Pitt-Greensburg Fountain, constructed in 2000, is a well-recognized landmark that marks the two entrances to campus, the Finoli Drive entrance and the Lynch Drive entrance.

Life Sciences Building

The Life Sciences Building is currently under construction and will be open for the spring semester, 2023. The building will house state-of-the-art biology, chemistry, and biochemistry laboratories and classrooms, as well as the departmental faculty offices for the School of Nursing.

Lynch Hall

The offices for the Campus President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs are located in Lynch Hall. In addition, Lynch Hall is home to the Office of Human Resources, the Title IX Office, the Office of University Relations and Institutional Advancement (including Foundation and Corporate Relations, Media Relations, Alumni Affairs, and Online Communications), and the Director of Finance and Risk Management.

McKenna Hall

McKenna Hall houses two computer classrooms, two regular classrooms, one VLI classroom, Residence Life offices, and supports both academic and administrative users with infrastructure for network and telephone connections.

Millstein Library

In addition to its library facilities, Millstein Library is home to the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of the Registrar, the Academic Advising Center, the Study Abroad Office, the Learning Resources Center, and the Office of Business Services and Student Accounts.

Facilities Management

This building serves as the hub of the Facilities Management Department with offices on the second floor and a workshop on the ground floor.

Powers Hall

Powers Hall is the major classroom building at Pitt-Greensburg containing 13 classrooms, a small auditorium, and faculty offices. All of the classrooms in Powers Hall are equipped as electronic classrooms to facilitate the use of multimedia and instructional technology.

Ridilla Athletic Fields

The Ridilla Athletic Fields, established in 1989, are located behind Millstein Library and Lynch Hall. They feature two full-sized soccer fields, as well as Pitt-Greensburg’s baseball field (Bobcat Park).

Robertshaw Hall

Robertshaw Hall is a traditional-style residence facility for 96 students. Rooms in this hall house two students, and every two rooms share a bathroom. The building offers a spacious TV lounge, two study rooms, a large main lobby, a recreation room, and the best view of the beautiful campus.

Rossetti House

Rossetti House is an attractive colonial-style house originally converted for use as a residence hall. In 2005, it was adapted to office space and now houses the Office of Admissions. It contains 9 offices, a conference room, a reception area, a lunch room, and several storage areas.

Safety and Security Center

The Greensburg Campus Police Building, attached to the west end of Smith Hall, houses the campus police, mail service, and telephone operator.

Albert B. Smith Hall

Smith Hall contains eight classrooms, science laboratories, offices for most of the faculty in the Division of Natural Sciences, and the 266-seat Ferguson Theater. All of the Smith Hall classrooms are equipped as electronic classrooms with facilities for multimedia and computer presentations.

Softball Field

Pitt-Greensburg’s $1 million state-of-the-art softball field opened for play in March 2012. Home to the Pitt-Greensburg softball team, it features a beautiful playing surface, two cement dugouts, on-site batting cages, two bullpens, and paved parking for 20 to 25 vehicles.

University Court

University Court is a three-building, apartment-style residence for as many as 130 students. Each apartment contains 2 bedrooms,  a large living room, a dining alcove, a kitchen, and a modern bathroom. Four to five students share the apartment.

Village Hall

Village Hall provides shared meeting and programming space for the Academic Village. The campus coffeehouse as well as offices for the Director of the Village and the student newspaper are also located in Village Hall. Student mailboxes for Village residents and a lounge area can also be found in Village Hall. See the Academic Village section for more details on Pitt-Greensburg’s Academic Village program.

Westmoreland Hall

The newest residential space built at Pitt-Greensburg opened in fall 2005. Westmoreland Hall is an apartment-style residence hall that offers single bedrooms for 93 students. Each apartment has four single bedrooms, a spacious living room, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette. The kitchenette includes a full-size refrigerator, microwave, sink, and cabinet space.

Computer Facilities

Pitt-Greensburg provides its students with easy access to a rich array of computing and networked information resources. Every residence hall room/apartment is equipped with network ports for PittNet and Internet access, and all students receive a significant package of productivity software that includes Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office at no cost.

The primary, state-of-the-art computing lab in Frank A. Cassell Hall features seventy-eight machines, each Energy Star compliant to the highest possible level. In this, and the other four computing labs available for students, students have access to a variety of software for document processing, programming, data management, statistical analysis, second language study, and mathematical and scientific exploration, as well as facilities for printing. A digital media lab is also available that provides a rich array of digital tools from cameras, poster printing, and video editing through to music and audiovisual tools.

Cassell Hall also houses a computing services suite where students can go for technology support. This ranges from walk-in requests to connect devices to the network through to complete system (hardware and software) rebuilds and repairs. The department prides themselves on the level of service they offer to residential and commuter students, and receive very positive feedback.

The Pitt-Greensburg campus also boasts a number of computer classrooms and distance learning facilities that are used for hands-on instruction at all levels of computer and information sciences, as well as by language, science, business, and math classes for computer-based instruction.

Faculty at Pitt-Greensburg

Pitt-Greensburg is fundamentally an undergraduate teaching campus.  There are 77 full-time faculty, 75% of whom hold terminal academic degrees in their disciplines.  Over the years 17 of our faculty were recipients of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest percentage of all University of Pittsburgh schools.  Five of our current faculty are awardees.

In addition there are 44 part-time faculty, many current and former practitioners in their fields, who augment our programs in Accounting, Management, Nursing, and Healthcare Management. Others are experienced teachers, including 12 with doctorate degrees.

While teaching, advising, and mentoring, is our calling, many of our faculty are also engaged in research, securing grant funding, and actively publishing.  A hallmark of that activity are the opportunities for our students to participate in meaningful research.  Our Center For Applied Research (CFAR), connecting faculty and paid undergraduate Research Assistants, serves government agencies and community organizations in Westmoreland and adjacent counties.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Pitt-Greensburg was established to further enhance the student intellectual experience by giving its members the opportunity to learn and grow through honors projects in selected classes and enrichment projects outside of the classroom. The program also provides opportunities to visit area attractions and to socialize or work with other student members. Honors students work closely with faculty mentors to personalize their educational experience, and those who complete the program requirements graduate with special recognition.

Housing and Residence Life

Living on campus provides students with new opportunities for personal and social growth through participation in campus life and interaction with a diverse group of people. The friends made in college are often some of the closest and most long-lasting of one’s life. The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg offers student housing in five distinct residence complexes:

  • Academic Village *
  • College Hall
  • Robertshaw Hall 
  • University Court 
  • Westmoreland Hall

All the residence halls are within easy walking distance of other campus facilities and each has its own character and advantages. Each room or apartment offers appropriate furnishings and amenities that include laundry facilities, parking, and high-speed wireless internet available throughout all residential facilities. Campus police make frequent rounds of the residence halls and surrounding areas and are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Student community assistants (CA) are assigned to each residence hall area. The CAs are trained to provide support for residents and to help maintain a safe, comfortable atmosphere in the residence halls. See the Campus Facilities section for more details about each residence complex.

Students who wish to live on campus must submit a completed Housing and Dining Service Application and Contract to the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Housing for freshmen and transfer students is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis except in the Academic Village and Outdoor Adventure & Community Service (OACS) communities. Students who wish to live in the Academic Village must complete an additional, separate application for membership in these communities. Directions, deadlines, and additional information are available at the housing Web site at See the Academic Village or OACS section for more information about these communities.

A variety of facilities and services are available for students with disabilities.  Students with disabilities who require adapted facilities or services should contact Disability Services in writing at 240 Millstein Library, Greensburg, PA 15601, as soon as possible to document their disabilities and their needs or requests.  Students with disabilities must meet the standard guidelines for housing eligibility.  For additional questions or concerns, you can contact Disability Services at 724-836-7098.

A mandatory, non-refundable housing deposit may be required to accompany the application and contract for housing and food service. This fee is credited toward the student’s room and board charges for the spring term of the contract. In applying for housing, students must also select one of the meal plans offered by Chartwells Food Services. All housing and food charges for the coming term must be paid in advance or alternate arrangements must be made with the Office of Student Accounts before the student will be permitted to move in.

Students are responsible for the physical condition of their rooms or apartments and the common areas in their buildings. All resident students living in the residence halls must abide by the University’s Student Code of Conduct as well as any supplemental residence hall provisions.

The goal of the Office of Housing and Residence Life is to assist resident students in creating an atmosphere that is conducive to both living and learning. Additionally, the staff is committed to helping students learn to live within a community, engage in leadership and community service opportunities, and obtain better understanding of how to interact respectfully with their fellow students. The staff in the Office of Housing and Residence Life includes a director, an assistant director, a resident director, two graduate resident directors, and a graduate assistant. The staff of the Office of Housing and Residence Life is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the residence halls. They, along with the student CAs, offer social, recreational, and educational programming activities throughout the year.

*Academic Village

Pitt-Greensburg’s Academic Village offers a unique living and learning experience to high-achieving students with interests ranging from the sciences and technology to the arts, politics, history, and foreign cultures. The Academic Village allows students to become an integral part of a thriving community of students and faculty members who share common interests and academic drive. Students gain a unique perspective by combining classroom learning with interesting hands-on programming outside the classroom. Students in the Academic Village work with faculty from all disciplines by participating in event planning, debates and discussions, small group workshops and more. The Academic Village Senate enriches life in the Academic Village by planning social events, sponsoring live music events and participating in community service projects. Students looking for a community that embraces learning and diversity, that encourages students to explore their interests, and helps them to become better students and human beings, find their home in the Academic Village.

Library Facilities

Millstein Library provides access to print and online resources from across Pitt’s University Library System (ULS). The collection includes DVDs, graphic novels, fiction, nonfiction, laptops and cameras - all available for checkout with a campus ID. Students can meet with librarians in person or online for one-on-one research help. In class sessions, librarians provide instruction and activities about the research process, including using and evaluating resources. Group and individual study rooms, a digital media lab, and an outdoor patio are also part of the library space. The library is open six days a week during the Fall and Spring terms. Hours and contact information are online at


Affirmative Action Policy Statement

The University of Pittsburgh values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, as fully explained in Community Standards (CS) 07 (formerly Policy 07-01-03), the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment, Further, under this policy, the University has committed itself to make all decisions related to recruitment, hiring, promotions, and other terms or conditions of employment and contractual arrangements without discrimination on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University’s mission. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations. Further, the University is committed to affirmative action and resolved that the University shall continue to take positive steps to achieve diversity in the racial/ethnic and sex composition of its work force at all levels; enhance opportunities for enrolling, retaining, and graduating students from underrepresented groups; provide accessibility and accommodation to individuals with disabilities; create a campus environment free of bigotry and harassment; and engage minority and women-owned businesses as vendors and suppliers. The University’s commitment to equal opportunity and diversity through affirmative action will continue to be a principal component in the University’s strategic planning efforts.

For additional information on the University’s equal opportunity and affirmative action programs and compliance/grievance procedures, refer to University Policy CS 07 (formerly Policy 07-01-03), or contact the Greensburg Human Resources Director and Title IX Liaison, 108 Lynch Hall, (724) 836-9902 or or Cheryl Ruffin, Institutional Equity Manager, Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Pittsburgh, 4200 Fifth Avenue, 31st Floor, Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (412) 648-7860, or

Notice of Non Discrimination

The University of Pittsburgh as an educational institution and as an employer, does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. The University does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on these bases and takes steps to ensure that students; employees, and third parties are not subject to a hostile environment in the University programs or activities. The University responds promptly and equitably to allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. The University promptly conducts investigations and takes appropriate action, including disciplinary action, against individuals found to have violated its policies, as well as provides appropriate remedies to complainants and the campus community. The University is committed to taking prompt action to end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the effects of any hostile environment on affected members of the campus community.

Please note that the University’s Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Policy also covers discrimination based on ethnicity. Although not listed explicitly, the University interprets discrimination based on ethnicity as being prohibited based on the policy’s inclusion of race, color, national origin, and ancestry as prohibited bases for discrimination. If you experience any discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, you should report such discrimination and it will be investigated in accordance with University policy and procedure.

For complete details on the University’s Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Policy - Community Standards (CS) 07 (formerly 07-01-03) and Sexual Misconduct Policy - CS 20 (formerly Policy 06-05-01), and for additional information on related policies, procedures, and practices, please visit

Computing Use Policy

Every member of the University community has two basic rights regarding computing: privacy and a fair share of resources. It is unethical for another person to violate these rights. All users, in turn, are expected to exercise common sense and decency with regard to the campus computing resources. Please read the Ethical Guidelines for Computing online at for details.

Students are subject to the rules and regulations as described in the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Code of Conduct. Students should realize that any misuse of computing resources may result in the suspension of their computing privileges.

Drug Free School and Workplace Policy

The University of Pittsburgh prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance on University property or as part of any University activity. Faculty, staff, and students of the University must also comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the possession and consumption of alcohol. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, including, but not limited to a warning, written reprimand, suspension, dismissal, expulsion, and/or mandatory participation and successful completion of a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by an appropriate health or law enforcement agency. The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act requires that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education, state educational agency, or local edu­cational agency must certify that it has adopted and imple­mented a program to prevent the possession, use, or distrib­ution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. Thus, any University employee paid from federally-funded grants or contracts, or any student participating in any federally-funded or guaranteed Student Loan Program, must notify the University of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring at the University or while engaged in University activities. For more information, see Community Standard 04 (formerly 06-02-01).

For purposes of prevention and education, the University provides students with resources and programs that focus on the risks of alcohol and other substance use.  The University also provides programs that serve as sanctions that may follow when an alcohol or drug policy or law violation occurs. The University also distributes literature informing employees of the dangers of substance misuse in the workplace, and provides information on available services, including counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs.

Faculty-Student Relationships

The University’s educational mission is promoted by professional relationships between faculty members and students. Relationships of an intimate nature (that is, sexual and/or romantic) compromise the integrity of a faculty-student relationship whenever the faculty member has a professional responsibility for the student. The University prohibits intimate relationships between a faculty member and a student whose academic work, teaching, or research is being supervised or evaluated by the faculty member or with whom there is a reasonable likelihood of Direct Supervision.

If an intimate relationship is imminent or should exist or develop between a faculty or staff member and a student, the University requires the faculty or staff member to remove himself/herself from all supervisory, evaluative, and/or formal advisory roles with respect to the student. Additionally, the faculty or staff member must disclose the existence of the Consensual Relationship immediately to his/her supervisor, department chair, dean, or, where appropriate, higher administrative authority.

Definition Note: In this policy, the definition of faculty member refers to anyone appointed by the University as a teacher, researcher, or academic administrator, including graduate and undergraduate students so appointed. For complete text on this policy, see

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, is designed to protect the privacy of students. It requires the University to comply with the following principles:

  • Student records are open for inspection by students upon request. Specific documents that students have waived their right to inspect remain confidential.
  • Students have a right to challenge the accuracy of records and to request that they be amended.
  • The institution may not release student records outside the institution without student consent, unless one of several exceptions applies.
  • Requests from outside the institution for information regarding students should be documented, as should releases of student information.
  • Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • Students have a right to obtain a copy of the University policy regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar.
  • The University may establish categories of information known as “Directory Information” and release this information without student consent, upon request by individuals external to the institution. Students may request that the categories below be excluded from Directory Information that would be released without student consent, upon request by a third party.

Directory Information includes the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number and e-mail address
  • Major field of study
  • Achievements, degrees, academic awards or honors
  • Weight and height, if a member of athletic teams
  • Place of birth
  • Previous educational institutions
  • Participation in officially-recognized activities and sports
  • Student’s photograph

When the Office of the Registrar receives a student’s refusal to permit the release of “Directory Information,” no further disclosures are made without that student’s written consent (except to parties who have legal access to student records without written consent). To rescind this action, the student must submit a request in writing to the Office of the Registrar. Note that the following procedures apply:

  • Students may review their educational records by submitting a written request to the records custodian in the appropriate University unit. A listing of those University offices that routinely possess educational records of students are set forth in University Procedure 09-08-01.
  • Students may request amendment of educational records by submitting a written request to the records custodian and following the steps set forth in University Procedure 09-08-01.
  • As set forth in University Policy 09-08-01, access to a student’s educational records may be required and permitted by University faculty and staff for legitimate educational purposes where access by such individuals is necessary to complete their University-related duties.

Anti-Harassment Policy

No University employee, University student, or individual on University property may harass or abuse a person (physically, verbally or electronically) when the conduct is severe or pervasive and objectively and subjectively has the effect of: (1) unreasonably interfering with such person’s work or equal access to education, or (2) creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment. Consistent with the University’s respective Community Standards, harassment on the basis of a legally protected classification, such as racial harassment or sexual harassment, is prohibited. This policy statement will be applied with due respect for the University’s commitment to equality of opportunity, human dignity, diversity, and academic freedom, and, when constitutionally protected speech is implicated, only to the extent consistent with the First Amendment.

Immunization Policy Statement

The University requires the immunization of all new students against COVID-19, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella as a condition of attendance at the University of Pittsburgh. The University also requires the meningitis immunization for students who are residents, and a repeat may be needed if the student was not age 16 or older for the first dose.  It is optional for commuters.  Incoming students must provide to the University Student Health Center documentation of immunization that includes the month, day, and year that the immunizations were administered. Completed immunization records must be kept on file in the Student Health Center.

Exemptions may be granted based on a written statement from a physician that the immunization may be detrimental to the health of the student or on a student’s objection to immunization on religious grounds or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief. However, if an outbreak of Covid-19, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, or meningitis occurs, the State Health Department may exclude from classes students who do not provide proof of immunity to these diseases. For more information, see

Notice to Individuals with Disabilities

If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Director of the Learning Resources Center, Dr. Lou Ann Sears, Room 240 Millstein Library Building (724) 836-7098 (voice) or as early as possible in the term.  The Learning Resources Center will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.

In July and August, students interested in disability services may contact Beth Tiedemann, the Director of Advising and Registrar in the Millstein Library Building 103: 724-836-7182 or if they do not hear back from Dr. Sears.

Sexual Harassment

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to the maintenance of a community free from all forms of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment violates University policy as well as state, federal, and local laws. It is neither permitted nor condoned.

It is also a violation of the University of Pittsburgh’s policy against sexual harassment for any employee or student at the University of Pittsburgh to attempt in any way to retaliate against a person who makes a claim of sexual harassment.

Any individual who, after thorough investigation and an informal or formal hearing, is found to have violated the University’s policy against sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, reprimand, suspension, termination, or expulsion. Any disciplinary action taken will depend upon the severity of the offense. For complete policy text visit

Smoking and Vaping Policy

Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all University-owned and leased facilities, including residence halls and off-campus housing facilities, and in all University vehicles, including motor pool vehicles, campus buses, and vans, with explicit limited exceptions described in University Policy 04-05-03. The University Smoking Policy and Procedures prohibit smoking within 25 feet of all University building primary entrances and HVAC intake vents. Primary entrances should be defined as the common public access points to each building, and is not intended for doors exclusively designated as emergency exits only or service entrances. Portions of entrances and loading docks that are under building cover (such as an overhang/porch) and interior garages shall be considered as inside the building, and smoking shall be prohibited. For complete policy text, see

University AIDS Policy

The University of Pittsburgh does not discriminate against individuals who are diagnosed as HIV positive or as having AIDS. The University recognizes that the health condition of individuals is personal and confidential. Reasonable precautions will be taken to protect information regarding the health condition of all members of the University community. Based on medical evidence that indicates that there is no risk of transmitting HIV through casual contact in the classroom or circumstances involving only casual contact with others, the University will impose no undue restrictions on faculty, staff, or students who are infected with HIV. For complete text on Community Standards (CS) 01 (formerly Policy 06-01-03), see

For additional information about University policies, see

Student Athletics

Intercollegiate Athletics

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg competes athletically as a member of the NCAA Division III. Full membership was granted by the NCAA in September 1998. Pitt-Greensburg is a charter member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, which includes Alfred State College of Technology, Carlow University, Hilbert College, La Roche University, Mt. Aloysius College, Penn State Altoona, Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Bradford, Wells College. The school colors are Pitt Royal Blue and University gold, and the mascot is the Bobcat. Currently, Pitt-Greensburg teams compete in the following sports:

Men Women
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Bowling
Cross Country Cross Country
Golf Soccer
Soccer Softball
Tennis Tennis

Intramural Athletics

The intramural athletic program at Pitt-Greensburg promotes better health and wellness among students and provides opportunities for greater participation in campus activities. Intramural sporting events take place throughout the academic year and include volleyball, tennis, flag football, soccer, basketball, ping pong, and billiards.

Student Life and Success

Career Services

Our Career Services staff focuses on your personal and professional growth.  We help you explore your strengths, gain experience, and prepare to reach your goals.  Examples of services include: individual assessments and career guidance, job shadowing opportunities, internship planning, resume & cover letter reviews, graduate school preparation, career development workshops, networking opportunities, and volunteering. Through one-on-one appointments, workshops, networking opportunities, and programming, our office:

• Helps students explore their passion, skills, and values in relation to future careers.
• Connects students to strategies for achieving their goals.
• Encourages students to learn about options for personal and academic advancement.
• Provides knowledge and resources for personal and professional growth.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center, located in 219 Chambers Hall, provides free, confidential mental health counseling for all Pitt Greensburg students. Counseling offers students a safe place to express feelings and learn new coping skills with an objective, caring clinician. The Center offers individual counseling, supportive and educational groups, and wellness, skill building, and self-care workshops.

Students come to counseling for help with:

  • Difficulty adjusting to college or other changes
  • Stress management, anxiety, or panic attacks
  • Depression and/or feelings of hopelessness
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief and loss

Seeking help when you’re struggling is the first step towards resolving the issue and feeling better. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment before a situation starts to impact their academic performance. Contact for more information.

Greensburg Experience More (GEM) Program

The Greensburg Experience More (GEM) program provides students with a co-curricular experience that complements and enhances their classroom learning. Participants engage in structured professional and personal skill development across five core components - Leadership Development, Service, Career Development, Cultural Awareness and Appreciation, and Pitt- Greensburg Pride and Traditions. Upon completion, students are recognized during Honor’s Convocation and in the Commencement Program, as well as inducted in the GEM society and acknowledged on a perpetual plaque outside of the Office of Student Life and Success in Chambers Hall.

Health Center

The Health Center (216 Chambers Hall) provides basic treatment and first aid for all students.  The Center is directed by an experienced RN.  Students can see the director for initial assessment and treatment of acute health issues, over the counter medication, referrals to off campus providers, and support.  The campus physician is on campus weekly for student appointments and consults daily with the director.

The Self-Care Center, our Health Center waiting room, is open to students whenever Chambers Hall is open with free basic first aid supplies for headaches, colds, and cuts.

Student Activities Board

Most campus social events such as Arts and Entertainment, Sports Night, off-campus programs, novelty events, lectures, and cultural programs at Pitt-Greensburg are offered through the Student Activities Board (SAB.) Students serving on the SAB plan, promote, and produce a variety of educational, social, and recreational programs.

Student Government

The Student Government Association (SGA) is elected by the student body and is authorized by the University to represent the student body on all matters concerning student life. SGA’s basic purposes are to allocate student activity fees, to promote student involvement in University planning and decision making, and to serve as the principal forum for student views.

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) provides an opportunity for students to become actively involved in shaping the residential environment. RHA represents the residents’ views on issues such as changes to residence hall policies, upgrades to facilities, and provides programming within the residence halls.

Student Involvement Transcript

The Student Involvement Transcript provides a record of a student’s co-curricular activities analogous to the academic transcript. The involvement transcript can list scholarships, honor societies, leadership activities, organization memberships, campus-sponsored travel and study abroad experiences, athletic participation, and almost anything else a student would like to include. Students can use the involvement transcript, along with their academic transcripts, résumé, and career portfolio, to provide prospective employers with a multifaceted record of their accomplishments. The campus uses the involvement transcript as an aid in reviewing student applications for honors and scholarships. The transcript is facilitated through the Pitt-Greensburg Engage site and is overseen by the Office of Student Life and Success.

Student Organizations

Student organizations also sponsor a variety of programs and activities each year. The student organizations at Pitt-Greensburg provide many opportunities for students to become involved on campus and in the community. These organizations include:

Honor Societies

Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society
Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society
Chi Alpha Sigma Student Athlete Honor Society
Delta Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society
DaVinci Society Juniors & seniors selected for academic excellence, leadership, service and international experience
Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society
Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society
Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Senior Honor Society
Pi Lambda Theta Education Honor Society
Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honor Society
Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society
SALUTE  Veterans Honor Society
Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society
National Technology Honor Society IT Honor Society
Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society

Academic Organizations

  • Accounting & Business Club
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Health and Rehab Sciences Club
  • Healthcare Management Club
  • History Club
  • Information Technology Club
  • Math Club
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Pre-Med Club
  • Science Club
  • Spanish Club
  • SPSEA (Student Pennsylvania State Education Association)
  • Student Nurses’ Association

Service Organizations

  • Circle K
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Outdoor Adventure and Community Service (OACS) Club

Special Interest Organizations

  • Academic Village Senate
  • Active Minds
  • Asian Alliance Club
  • Bay Lynx Crew
  • Black Student Union
  • Chess Club
  • Chorale 
  • Christian Fellowship Club
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Diversity Student Coalition
  • Environmental Club
  • Film Club
  • Food Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
  • Ice Hockey Club
  • La Femme
  • Nerdfighters
  • Pendulum (literary journal)
  • Performing Arts Society
  • Pitt Fight
  • Pitt-Greensburg Varsity Esports
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Pro-Activism With Service (PAWS)
  • Student Athlete Advisory Council
  • Team Bobcat
  • The Insider (student newspaper)


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