Important Update for G-20 Week

September 17, 2009

Official Communications

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

With the Pittsburgh Summit (G-20) just a week away we are writing to provide you with a campus update on a number of important fronts.

Anticipating tight security around the Thursday, September 24th, event at Phipps Conservatory, law enforcement officials have requested that we close the buildings along Frew Street by 2 p.m. that day.

  • Scaife, Porter and Baker halls: Undergraduate and graduate courses will be held as scheduled through 12:30 p.m. All classes held after 12:30 p.m. are cancelled.
  • Tepper School of Business: Undergraduate courses also will be held as scheduled through 12:30 p.m. All undergraduate classes held after 12:30 p.m. are cancelled. Graduate courses are cancelled for the entire day at the Tepper School. 
  • Hunt Library: Closed from 8 a.m. Thursday, September 24th, until 8 a.m. Friday, September 25th.

All individuals must vacate Scaife, Porter and Baker halls and the Tepper School by 2 p.m., Thursday, September 24th.

The UTDC building also will be closed for business Thursday, with limited staffing.

Normal activities will resume Friday in Scaife, Porter and Baker halls, the Tepper School, the UTDC building and Hunt Library.

Staff members in these affected buildings should confirm with their supervisor the need to come to the Pittsburgh campus on Thursday. In general, only faculty teaching those morning courses in these buildings, or staff necessary to support these classes, will need to come to campus on Thursday. For those taking the day off due to these building closings, this time will not be considered a PTO day.

No other building closures or class cancellations are anticipated on Thursday or Friday at this time. Should there be any changes all members of the campus will be notified via email.

Students with questions regarding their Thursday afternoon classes should contact their professors. Faculty and staff with questions or concerns should contact their department head or supervisor.


The keynote address by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 24th in Rangos Hall, and the following panel discussion will be held as scheduled.


Due to heightened security during the week of the G-20, we are asking all members of the campus community to keep your university ID with you at all times, as some campus buildings will require your ID to gain entrance.

The Summit will bring many visitors to Oakland and downtown and we ask that you be cautious on and off campus. For this event, as with other events on campus, common-sense approaches should be used for personal safety and for your valuables. Be aware of your surroundings, don't leave valuables unattended, when leaving lock your room, office and vehicle, and never walk alone at night. It is especially important to be with friends when traveling to and from campus, day or night.


We also anticipate some disruptions to public transportation service during the Summit on Thursday and Friday. We encourage you to make alternative travel arrangements or other accommodations in the event these disruptions will affect your commute to and from campus. Those choosing to drive to campus instead of using public transportation should plan to use public parking facilities in Oakland or Squirrel Hill. Our campus parking lots are at capacity and, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate non-permit holders.
Given potential disruptions to PAT service, students relying on PAT should consider a back-up plan to stay with a friend on or near campus Thursday night, if needed.


It seems clear that staff have been discussing work plans for Thursday and Friday with their supervisors. As with any such disruption, such as inclement weather, many have worked out alternative schedules or made other accommodations to ensure office functions are maintained, or have arranged to take PTO. We appreciate everyone's sensitivity and thoughtfulness during this important event for the city and the campus.


Finally, please stay tuned to your email and to our Campus Alert Web site for any late-breaking news surrounding the Summit that will potentially impact our community. We appreciate the mix of excitement and precaution with which everyone has embraced the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, and we look forward to a positive and productive week for everyone.

Indira Nair, Vice Provost for Education
Michael Murphy, Vice President for Campus Affairs

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