Pittsburgh will host The Pittsburgh Summit 2009 (the G-20 Summit), a gathering of heads of state from 19 countries and the European Union, on September 24 and 25, 2009. Point Park University will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 to 26, 2009.
The following FAQ addresses key considerations for students and faculty:
Q: How can classes not be canceled even though the University is closed?
A: Although the University is closed and all offices, dorms, and buildings will be secured during the Pittsburgh Summit, classes are continuing through the use of Equivalent Educational Activities or "EIAs". These can take a variety of forms, so be sure to check your course syllabi for Blackboard assignments, WebEx Live (Remote / Internet / Conference Phone Call) Classes, outside reading, field work, etc. So, while you won't have classes in the usual times and places, you will have required course work that will take the place of the time you would ordinarily spend in the classroom during the days that the University is closed.
Q: Where can faculty members find information on EIAs?
A: There are lots of options. Information is available from your Academic Department's Office as well as on the Provost's Office intranet page.
Q: I teach a Saturday fast-track class that will made up during the mid-semester break. Do I need to do anything other than holding class on that day?
A: Please inform the Registrar (ext. 8062) and Public Safety (ext. 8159) that you intend to hold class. They will ensure that no other programming is scheduled in your classroom and see that the room is opened for you.
Q: Because of my travel plans, I have to leave campus on Tuesday afternoon. Will I be penalized for missing class?
A: No. We do ask, though, that you talk with your instructors in advance to let them know that you have to miss class to accommodate your travel needs; the faculty is aware that some students might have that type of issue and the University has asked them to be flexible.
Q: I'm in the National Guard / a Volunteer Fire Fighter / a Police Officer / Emergency Medical Services Provider, and I've been called to Active Duty for the whole week. Will I be penalized for missing class?
A: No. We thank you for your service, and ask that you talk with your instructors in advance to let them know that you have to miss class because your Duty status has changed. The faculty is aware that some students might encounter this issue and the University has asked them to be flexible.
Q: I have a research assignment to work on while I am off campus. What are the Library hours?
A: The Library will be open until 10:00pm on the 22nd -- closing at the same time as the dorms. Library staff will be available to assist you in selecting and checking out materials that will help you to complete your research projects and other EIAs while off campus.