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University of Pittsburgh Greensburg    
2017-2018 Greensburg Campus Catalog 
  Jun 13, 2024
2017-2018 Greensburg Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

About the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Mission Statement

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a baccalaureate degree-granting unit and regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. As an integral part of a state-related institution, the Greensburg campus provides educational opportunities to both traditional and nontraditional students through curricular and co-curricular experiences focused primarily on the arts and sciences and some selected professional or pre-professional programs that are grounded in traditional liberal arts disciplines. As an undergraduate school within the broader University, Pitt-Greensburg’s faculty places primary emphasis on teaching excellence while maintaining a commitment to scholarship and public service.

A common part of the undergraduate educational experience is acquiring a certain depth and breadth of knowledge in a specific discipline or area that defines a student’s major focus of study. Equally important is the opportunity for each student to acquire the fundamentals of a liberal arts and sciences education. The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is committed to a general education program that will give its students a broader understanding of the human experience and the fundamental skills necessary for academic success and learning throughout their lifetimes.

Pitt-Greensburg recognizes that good citizenship, civic leadership, and full participation in an information-based, global society are a function of educational excellence. Accordingly, in all curricular and co-curricular matters, including its unique academic village structure, the Greensburg campus fulfills its mission by providing its students with opportunities to develop leadership, a sense of civic engagement and public service, global awareness, and a commitment to academic excellence.


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

The Campus began operations as a two-year institution on September 3, 1963, in the Vogel building, located in downtown Greensburg. On June 29, 1964, the Charles Lynch Estate was purchased. Construction on the multi-purpose building that was to become Smith Hall started 10 years later while, at the same time, a proposal to change the program from lower to upper division was submitted to the State Department of Education. In 1988, the Board of Trustees awarded degree-granting status to Pitt- Greensburg. Pitt-Greensburg now offers 28 degree programs and 19 minors, in addition to numerous pre-professional programs, to over 1,500 students.

The newest building, Frank A. Cassell Hall, is the campus’ first sustainable building with a Gold LEED certification. It houses the IT and computer center along with much-needed faculty offices and classrooms, as well as some select places for study and relaxation. A new multimedia lab in Millstein Library provides students, faculty, and staff with state-of-the-art digital equipment to use to further enhance the Pitt-Greensburg educational experience.

The campus commitment to the academic experience of the student is evident in the 16 faculty members who have received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. The physical campus has changed considerably from the original to include 26 brick buildings located on a lovely wooded campus.

The Pitt-Greensburg Community

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. Pitt-Greensburg enrolls approximately 1525 full-time students, more than 600 of whom live in the five residence halls on campus.

The campus offers a safe, close-knit academic environment that 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.

 On a percentage basis, Pitt- Greensburg has more winners of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching than any other school or campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Eighty-six percent of Pitt-Greensburg faculty hold a doctorate or terminal degree within their field-a significantly higher number than the majority of other area colleges and universities.


  • Faculty: 139 (81 full-time; 58 regular part-time)
  • Staff: 124 (104 regular full-time; 3 regular part-time; 15 temporary part-time)

Pitt-Greensburg’s academic facilities include:

  • 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, home to more than 78,000 volumes and the campus’ state-of-the-art media lab, as well as being the gateway to an array of information resources through the University Library System’s Digital Library;
  • 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.

 Athletics: A a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), Pitt-Greensburg fields 12 NCAA Division III athletic teams including:

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

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.

Study Abroad: Students attending Pitt-Greensburg may take advantage of the wide range of programs available through the University of Pittsburgh Study Abroad Office. Scholarship opportunities are available, including through the prestigious Vira I. Heinz Program.

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;
  • 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 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;
  • 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, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) 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.

Alumni: 11,216 (includes those who attended Pitt-Greensburg for three semesters or more.) The majority of Pitt-Greensburg’s alumni reside in Westmoreland County.

The Community Beyond Campus

Pitt-Greensburg’s affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh and proximity to the City of Pittsburgh gives students access to the computer and library resources and the cultural and athletic opportunities of a large university and metropolitan center.

Pitt-Greensburg is located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, a historic area that offers various options for dining, entertainment, shopping, and museums. City residents enjoy close proximity to many key amenities including the Five Star Trail, The Palace Theatre, Robertshaw Amphitheater, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the downtown shopping district, and numerous churches of various denominations.

The City of Greensburg offers a wide variety of unique cultural, dining, and shopping opportunities that routinely attract visitors from the entire Westmoreland County area. The majority of these attractions, restaurants, and stores are within a four-block radius of the Westmoreland County Courthouse in the downtown area.

Many shopping and dining plazas, including Westmoreland Mall, are within only a few miles of Pitt- Greensburg off Route 30.

A wide variety of hotel accommodations and transportation are also available in the Greensburg area.

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.


The Lyceum provides meeting and programming space for Residence Life Staff, faculty, and students as well as science faculty offices.

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.

Plant Maintenance

This building serves as the hub of the Plant Maintenance 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.

Library Facilities

One of many libraries of the University Library System, the Millstein Library maintains a collection of books, journals, microfilm, videotapes, DVDs, and compact discs designed to enhance the undergraduate curriculum. Currently the library houses more than 75,000 print volumes and more than 25,000 non-print items in various formats. The UPG Archives, detailing the history of the Pitt Greensburg campus, is also maintained on-site with an accompanying online image database hosted by the University Library System, UPG Visual History. Students are able to search the University of Pittsburgh Digital Library both on-site and remotely, with access to more than 5 million titles on PITTCat+, as well as thousands of bibliographic, full-text and image databases.

With a staff of seven, the library provides various services such as reference assistance, interlibrary loan, library instruction, and tours to all students, faculty, and staff on the Greensburg campus. Access to all library services, such as Ask A Librarian, is also provided virtually through the Millstein Library Web site. Other facilities on-site include a library computer lab, a digital media lab, touch-screen scanner, group study rooms, adaptive computing devices, a microfilm reader/printer, and photocopy machine. The library is also home to the Joan Chambers Children’s Literature Collection and the Carl F. Poke Media Collection.

Faculty at Pitt-Greensburg

The teaching faculty at Pitt-Greensburg consists of 81 full-time and 58 part-time members. The faculty on the Greensburg campus compare very favorably to the faculties in the undergraduate schools on the Pittsburgh campus and other liberal arts colleges. On a percentage basis, Pitt- Greensburg has more winners of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching than any other school or campus of the University of Pittsburgh. More than 85 percent of the full-time faculty has achieved the highest degree in their fields (usually a PhD). Additional faculty members are close to completing the requirements for a doctoral degree. Although their primary commitment is to teaching, Pitt-Greensburg faculty also have an impressive record of scholarship through publishing books, writing articles for professional journals, and presenting papers at national and international conferences.

One clear advantage of a small campus is the opportunity for closer interaction between faculty and students. At Pitt-Greensburg, faculty work closely with students, not only in the classroom, but also as advisors in helping students to develop their academic goals and plans and as joint participants in academic villages and other extracurricular activities.

A complete listing of Pitt-Greensburg faculty may be found in the Directory section near the end of this publication.

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 HallAll 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 a cable TV service, laundry facilities, and parking. Wireless Internet is available throughout all residential facilities. Students may also request that a wired Internet port be activated in their room/apartment. 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 Food Service Application and Contract to the Office of Housing and Residence Life. The deadline for new students to apply for housing is on May 1st for both freshmen and transfers. Housing for freshmen and transfer students is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis except in special interest housing areas such as Academic Village. Students who wish to live in the Academic Village must complete an additional, separate application for village membership. Directions, deadlines, and forms are available at the housing Web site at See the Academic Village section for more information about Pitt-Greensburg’s Academic Village system.

Students with disabilities who require adapted facilities or services should contact the office of Housing and Residence Life in writing as soon as possible to document their disabilities and their needs or requests. Request will be sent to the Office of Disability Resources and Services for review. Students with disabilities must meet the standard guidelines for housing eligibility. For additional questions or concerns, you can contact the Director of the Learning Resources Center at 724-836-7098 or the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 724-836-7869.

A mandatory, non-refundable housing deposit must 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. Village members also have special opportunities for leadership and coursework not available to non-members. 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 Village Senate enriches life in the 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.


Alcohol Policy

Pitt-Greensburg enforces the Pennsylvania law related to underage drinking by students less than 21 years of age. In addition, Pitt-Greensburg prohibits the consumption and possession of alcohol by any student or his/her guest regardless of age anywhere on the Pitt-Greensburg campus without the explicit approval of the campus administration. Pitt-Greensburg operates the Personal Responsibility initiated through Drug and Alcohol Education (PRIDE) program to identify students with substance abuse problems as early as possible and to develop a high level of awareness among students of the dangers of alcohol. Students who violate the campus alcohol policy are required to participate in the PRIDE program. For more information, please refer to the alcohol policy found in the online student handbook on the Pitt-Greensburg web page.

Affirmative Action Policy Statement

The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, as fully explained in Policy 07-01-03, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability, or status as a veteran. The University also prohibits and will not engage in retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. 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.

For additional information on the University’s equal opportunity and affirmative action programs and complaint/grievance procedures, refer to University Policy 02-02-15 or 07-01-03, or contact the Greensburg Human Resources Director and Title IX Liaison, 108 Lynch Hall, (724) 836-9902 or the Office of Affirmative Action, Diversity and Inclusion, 500 Craig Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 15260, (412) 648-7860., or

Notice of Non Discrimination

The University of Pittsburgh does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, 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 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.

For complete details on the University’s Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Policy (07-01-03) and Sexual Misconduct Policy (06-05-01), 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.

Copyright Policy

The University of Pittsburgh affirms that, except as specifically exempted by this policy, faculty, staff, and students are entitled to claim copyright ownership, including worldwide rights, in the following works authored by them: books, articles, educational coursework, similar works that are intended to disseminate the results of academic research or scholarly study, popular fiction or nonfiction works, poems, musical compositions, and other works of artistic imagination.

The University has no proprietary interest in copyrightable materials produced by faculty, staff, or students under contract with entities external to the University (in which the faculty, staff, or students have no controlling or majority interest), except as specifically exempted by this policy. For complete text of the policies, including the aforementioned exemptions, see

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. 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

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.

If an intimate relationship should exist or develop between a faculty member and a student, the University requires the faculty member to remove himself/herself from all supervisory, evaluative, and/or formal advisory roles with respect to the student.

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.

Harassment Policy

No University employee, student, or individual on University property may intentionally harass or abuse a person (physically or verbally) with the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with such person’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.

Immunization Policy

The University requires the immunization of all incoming freshmen against measles, mumps, and rubella as a condition of attendance at the University of Pittsburgh. The University also requires the meningitis immunization for students who are residents.  It is optional for commuters.  Incoming freshmen 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 forms 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 measles, mumps, or rubella 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 should get in touch with Beth Tiedemann, the Director of Advising and Registrar in the Millstein Library Building 103: 724-836-7182 voice or

Patent Policy

A University student, during his or her period of enrollment, may be responsible for new discoveries and inventions that could have commercial value and contribute to scientific, technological, social, and cultural progress. Those accomplishments should be patented in the best interest of the student, the University, the public, and the government. The University’s policy on patents determines the rights and obligations of the student and the University in any technology the student may invent while enrolled in the University. Details of this University policy are available from the Office of Technology Management or at

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 Policy

Smoking is 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 this policy, 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 2002. Pitt-Greensburg is a charter member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, which includes D’Youville College, Franciscan University, Hilbert College, La Roche College, Medaille College, Mt. Aloysius College, Penn State Altoona, Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Bradford. The school colors are navy and gold, and the mascot is the Bobcat. Currently, Pitt-Greensburg teams compete in the following sports:

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

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 Services

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 Resident Student Council (RSC) provides an opportunity for students to become actively involved in shaping the residential environment. RSC 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 CollegiateLink site and is overseen by the Office of Student Services.

The Greensburg Experience More 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 Student Services.

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
Phi Lambda Theta Education Honor Society
Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honor Society
Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society
Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

Academic Organizations

  • Accounting & Business
  • Managment Club
  • Health and Rehab Sciences Club
  • Math Club
  • Science Club
  • Spanish Club
  • SPSEA (Student Pennsylvania State Education Association)
  • Criminal Justice Club

Service Organizations

  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • American Red Cross
  • Circle K
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Outdoor Adventure and Community Service (OACS) Club

Special Interest Organizations

  • Active Minds
  • Animal Lovers Club
  • Bowling Club
  • Christian Fellowship Club
  • College Action Sports
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Diversity Student Coalition
  • Environmental Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Ice Hockey Club
  • Nerdfighters
  • Pendulum (literary journal)
  • Performing Arts Society
  • Photography Club
  • Ski Club
  • Student Athlete Advisory Council
  • The Insider (student newspaper)
  • Unity in Dance
  • Village Senate
  • Visual Arts Society
  • Weight Lifting & Fitness
  • Writing Club
  • Yoga Club


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