October 7, 2022
Dear Pitt Students and Families,  
In the past several weeks, the Pitt community has received crime alerts from Pitt Police about incidents both on and off campus. Most recently, an alert was sent Thursday afternoon about a reported sexual assault in the Cathedral of Learning at 4:20 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022.  
Earlier today, Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and Emergency Management Ted Fritz messaged the entire University community to share Pitt’s plan to increase security on campus. We want all students to feel safe on campus, and I recognize that these incidents may have made many in our community feel unsafe.  
As always, we are here to provide support, and we have many resources available.   I also want to encourage all students to download the Guardian RAVE app and set up your profile. The app turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. In an emergency, a one-button call to Pitt Police will display your user profile and current location. Among other features, the app also allows you to chat anonymously with Pitt Police about suspicious activity.  
Finally, we are working with the Student Government Board to create a community Town Hall to listen to your concerns and hear feedback to inform our approach to future incidents. We continue our ongoing prevention efforts, including the SAFE Peer Educators, to cultivate a safe and inclusive campus for all.
Please reach out to my office with your concerns and thoughts (, and please continue to look out for each other.   


Carla M. Panzella, Ph.D.
Dean of Students
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