For almost 800, and Pitt graduate students have signed up a petition made by the town to union organizers to apply for a one-year funding extension for all graduate students.
Pitt provided faculty on a one-year tenure clock extension in March, and the town union organizers said they would finance the expansion, as the equivalent of the aid is for them as well.
“Here’s to Ann Cudd commended each and every member of the Pitt Family for their spirit of cooperation and community,” the petition said. “We are now urging Pitt’s administration, for the treatment of its graduate students, as well as equally-valued members of the Pitt Family.'”
Grad union organizers with the request that the disaster relief package:
- Will be made available to students who choose not to have access to it, rather than to be determined on a case-by-case basis
- To provide additional support to students who may be struggling with housing and other challenges, in the face of its summer funding, and travel cuts
- Assist international students with visa issues, as a result of summer funding, and travel cuts
- Work to address the mental health issues that graduate students face due to the increasing capabilities and availability of the guidance, and the elimination of any co-pays or costs, or to provide access to the services
- To meet the needs of students who are children and who are doing extra special care of your work
- Use all of the resources that are Likely to be spent on the union-avoidance in order to compensate for the cost of the call the extension
Grad students said in the petition that the University is “a case-by-case grant review system, it is not enough and more action needs to be taken.
“We have to compete against each other for these resources, or rely on the personal relationships in our branches with a the extension of our funding,” the petition said.
Pitt spokesman Pat McMahon said that the College is carried on by means of the pandemic, and to maintain its core commitment to the support of both graduate and undergraduate students,” and added that not a few of the graduate students that have been denied for a grant has been used since the beginning of the pandemic.
“With the support of the University from its own resources as well as funding from the federal COVID-19 of the relief bill, and we have students with resources to help them cope with emergency situations,” McMahon said.