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Friday, February 27, 2015

Pitt-Bradford to resume classes on Monday

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will resume classes as scheduled on Monday, and students may return to campus as early as Saturday.

All residence halls, campus services and facilities have water and are once again fully functional. However, since the campus, like the greater Bradford area, remains under a precautionary boil-water advisory, bottled drinking water will be available on campus for faculty, staff and students.

“Thanks to the exemplary professionalism and skill of our outstanding facilities and maintenance staff as well as many other dedicated campus personnel, Pitt-Bradford has come through this incident with minimal lasting impact,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford’s president.

Since students have missed nearly a week of classes, the faculty will work with them to ensure that each course is completed and all learning outcomes expected in each class are covered appropriately and adequately, explained Dr. Steve Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs.

Students will be in class for one week then will be off for a week for the regularly scheduled Spring Recess from March 8 to 15. However, the annual Cultural Festival, which was to have been held Saturday, Feb. 28, has been canceled.

During the week-long campus closure, most students living on campus left for the week; however, about 200 students remained. Therefore, several Pitt-Bradford staff members reported to work all week to ensure students’ safety and well-being.

“I am once again truly inspired by our ability to pull together and to go beyond,” Alexander continued. “That’s definitely true for Bradford as well—so many organizations and individuals came to our aid or offered their assistance. We are very fortunate to be part of such a caring community. "

The last time the campus was shut down for a week was during the Blizzard of 1977.

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