During the past several years, in an effort to reduce wait times for counseling appointments, Pitt has partnered with third-party online services including Togetherall, TAO Connect (Therapy Assistance Online), and ThrivingCampus. However, in light of abuse of data and violations of user privacy by online service providers recently, we feel that this may not be the best solution to the growing demand for mental health services on campus. In 2019, the Pitt Counseling Center added more counselors to its staff, and also placed counselors in some of the residence halls on campus, which successfully reduced wait lists for appointments.
The Pitt News, University of Pittsburgh's student newspaper, has had good and consistent coverage of disability over the years. From that coverage, it's clear that many students are not satisfied with the support provided by Disability Resources and Services (DRS), although the office appears to be making genuine efforts to improve, and several disability-related groups and committees have sprung up in recent years, pushing for changes on Pitt's campus. One of the things we didn't like about DRS is how they allow accommodations to be contingent on how well students communicate with their professors, and tout this as "learning self-advocacy." As other students have pointed out, constantly having to justify their accommodations and deal with the questioning, skepticism, and antagonism often directed at them, can quickly lead to burnout and giving up.
In 2020, in response to student demand, Pitt started requiring all incoming students to take a one-credit course on anti-Black racism, (PITT 0210) Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance.
A Pitt student whose name appeared in a series of Snapchat messages posted to Twitter on Wednesday morning said he sent messages containing violent and racist threats to a Pittsburgh native.
The screenshots, posted by 20-year-old D.J. Matthews, a graduate of Mt. Lebanon high school, feature part of a conversation on Snapchat between Matthews and a user under the name of Ethan J. Kozak.
Kozak, a rising junior political science major with plans to attend law school, said on Thursday he had not looked over the messages in the screenshots and initially denied having sent them, believing someone had taken or hacked into his phone at one point. However, he said on Sunday he had since looked at the messages and admits he sent them to Matthews in a fit of anger.