Employee Services

Contents

Campus Safety—Pittsburgh

Child Development Center

Credit References and Employment Verification

Credit Union

Identification Cards

Intercollegiate Athletics

LifeSolutions

Parking, Transportation, and Services—Pittsburgh

Ridesharing

Bicycle Registration

Campus Transportation

Port Authority of Allegheny County

SafeRider Service

Parking

Motor Pool/Car Rental

Disability Resources and Services

Physical Recreation

Pittsburgh Employees Activities Association (PEAA)

Pitt Volunteer Pool

Staff Blood Drives

Telefact

Ticket Service

United Way

Wellness Program

Campus Safety—Pittsburgh

Campus safety is provided for through the University of Pittsburgh Police Department. The University of Pittsburgh Police Department is a service-oriented law enforcement agency of the University of Pittsburgh that provides police and guard services. By statute, the University police have jurisdiction over all lands and buildings owned, controlled, leased, or managed by the University (or within 500 yards of such property). In addition to enforcing the criminal and traffic codes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, they are also empowered to enforce city ordinances and University rules and regulations (such as the prohibition against carrying any weapons on campus). All criminal and suspicious activities should be reported to the University police through their Communications Center by calling 412-624-2121.

Child Development Center

The University Child Development Center, located at 635 Clyde Street, serves faculty, staff, and students of the University by providing quality early childhood education/child care for children ranging in age from 6 weeks through 6 years. The program is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a full-day kindergarten available. A nutritionally balanced meal program is provided. The program is staffed with professionals who design and implement plans based on their knowledge of early childhood education and development and on the strengths each child has exhibited as well as his or her individual learning style. Children interact with the professionals and each other in mutually respectful environments where all areas of children’s “work” are represented. Additional information is available by calling 412-383-2100.

Credit References and Employment Verification

University departments frequently receive requests for verification of employment and wages of current and former staff members. Only the Payroll Department is permitted to supply verifications associated with financial transactions or other business matters. Requests received directly by your department must be referred to the Payroll Department, 207 Craig Hall. Responses are limited to dates of employment, job titles, and employment status. More detailed information is provided only upon receipt of your written consent.

All notices to attach wages at the request of personal creditors will be disregarded, pursuant to Pennsylvania law. Requests presented by bona fide law enforcement agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, Court of Common Pleas, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and other agencies or courts will be honored. Information will be released without your written consent only if such a request is in the form of a subpoena, its equivalent, or part of an investigation of compliance with the Civil Rights Act or allied executive orders and/or other specific legislation requiring release of information.

Credit Union

The Greater Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union is entirely independent of the University, and is a nonprofit corporation chartered, supervised, and insured by the federal government. Some of the services to members include the convenience of payroll deduction, regular savings accounts, Christmas and vacation club accounts, IRAs, both unsecured and secured loans, home equity loans, auto loans, Visa credit and debit cards, and open-end lines of credit. Credit life and disability insurance coverage is also available at a low cost to members.

For more detailed information, contact the Greater Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union, 4415 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; telephone 412-621-6800; www.greaterpittsburghfcu.org. Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Identification Cards

Panther Central, located in the Litchfield Towers lobby, issues the University ID card called the Panther Card. Staff members at the regional campuses can obtain ID cards by contacting their campus personnel office. The Panther Card permits you to use many University resources, including libraries, parking and transportation, access to recreational facilities and events, food service, vending machines, accounts at the University Book Center, copiers, campus buses and shuttles, the Port Authority buses, and Panther Funds.

New University hires will be required to present a form of photo identification when visiting Panther Central to get the Panther Card. There is a $20 nonrefundable replacement fee for a lost, stolen, or damaged card. ID cards are the property of the University and are not transferable. When you separate from the University, your ID card must immediately be returned to your departmental administrator.

For additional information, call 412-648-1100 or see Policy 07-10-01.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The University fields 19 varsity intercollegiate teams in men's and women's sports. The men's varsity sports are football, baseball, basketball, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, swimming and diving, and wrestling. The women's program includes basketball, cross country, gymnastics, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, swimming and diving, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

On July 1, 2013 Pitt entered The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 60th year of competition. The ACC has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league's inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 127 national championships, including 67 in women's competition and 60 in men's. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 146 times in men's competition and 102 times in women's action.

Football season tickets may be purchased through payroll deduction by full-time staff members at a 20% discount. If eligible, you may also purchase men's basketball season tickets through payroll deduction at a savings of 10%. Admission to women's basketball home games is free with a valid Pitt employee ID. For additional ticket information, call the Panthers Ticket Office at 412-648-7488.

LifeSolutions

LifeSolutions is a free, confidential counseling service available to you, your family, and those who share your household. Experienced LifeSolutions counselors are available to consult with you about personal or work-related concerns, including stress, marital and family issues, depression, substance abuse, and relationship issues. LifeSolutions services are available at 60 discreet locations convenient to all campuses. Day and evening appointments are available.

LifeSolutions is available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies. For all campuses, the toll-free number is 1-866-647-3432.

Parking, Transportation, and Services—Pittsburgh

Ridesharing

The University actively encourages the use of alternative commuting modes, including carpools (two or more people), vanpools, public transit, and bicycling. Registered University carpools and vanpools at the Pittsburgh campus receive courtesy parking twice per term and access to the CommuteInfo emergency ride home program, among other incentives.

The University’s regional ridesharing partner, CommuteInfo, offers a convenient, computerized matching service free of charge to commuting employees and students. Log on to www.commuteinfo.org to complete a commuter profile for a carpool or a vanpool, or call CommuteInfo at, 888-819-6110. You may also visit our website at www.pts.pitt.edu/Commuting.

For additional information, call 412-624-0687 or e-mail rideshare@bc.pitt.edu.

Bicycle Registration

Bicycle registration is free and is a benefit to you because it: (1) serves as a deterrent to theft; (2) can help in the identification of lost or stolen bicycles; and (3) enables the University to better serve cyclists by helping us to plan for improved bicycle amenities at Pitt. Bicycle parking maps, regulations, and safety tips are available at www.pts.pitt.edu. Lockers are also available to rent for those wishing covered bicycle parking. Visit www.pts.pitt.edu/Commuting for details.

Campus Transportation

You are entitled to ride all of the University of Pittsburgh’s buses and shuttles at no charge by presenting your valid University of Pittsburgh ID to the driver. All buses and shuttles have a 20- to 30-minute loop; however, changes in routes and schedules may be adjusted for weather conditions and University holidays. Please note that the University Shuttle System operates on a limited schedule during the Summer Term. Detailed routing maps and schedules are available at the William Pitt Union, the Parking Services Office in Brackenridge Hall, and Forbes Pavilion. Schedules can also be found in all buses and at www.pts.pitt.edu.

Port Authority of Allegheny County

You may ride all Port Authority buses and trolleys and inclines within Allegheny County fare-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. All you have to do is show the driver a valid and current Pitt ID. Family members and guests must pay the full fare. For schedule information, contact the Department of Parking, Transportation, and Services at 412-624-8612 or Port Authority at 412-442-2000. Information on Port Authority routes can be found at the William Pitt Union, the Parking Services Office, Forbes Pavilion, and at www.pts.pitt.edu. For further information, e-mail transsys@pitt.edu.

SafeRider Service

SafeRider is available after 7 p.m., seven days a week—operating until 3 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday night and until 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday night. The shuttle will transport riders from one campus building to another, from local residences to campus buildings, and from campus buildings to local residences not located on a shuttle route. To request a ride, call 412-648-2255.

For more information and policy, go to the Panther Central website, www.pc.pitt.edu.

Parking

You may apply for a parking permit at the Parking Services Office, 204 Brackenridge Hall, or put your name on the wait list using the website at www.pts.pitt.edu/parking. Parking Services maintains several parking choices, including monthly permits, daily rates, hourly rates, validation stickers, motorcycle parking, and special evening shift permits. Contact the Parking Services Office for information on current parking options and parking discounts for carpooling.

For further information, call 412-624-4034 or e-mail parking@bc.pitt.edu.

The Parking Services Office offers a Motorist Assistance Program (MAP) to open car doors and jump-start vehicles with dead batteries at no charge. Call 412-624-4034 for motorist assistance, or after regular business hours, call University police at 412-624-2121 and a parking enforcement assistant will be dispatched to your vehicle.

Motor Pool/Car Rental

Sedans, minivans, and 12-passenger vans are available for University business trips. A Business Travel Request (FORM 0062) is required to rent a vehicle from the University Motor Pool. A daily rental fee is charged to the user’s departmental budget. Advance reservations can be made by telephoning the Motor Pool Office (412-648-7690) or e-mailing autorent@pitt.edu. The Motor Pool Office is located at Forbes Pavilion, 3525 Forbes Avenue.

For further information, contact the Transportation Office, Forbes Pavilion, 3525 Forbes Avenue, telephone 412-624-8612, or e-mail transsys@pitt.edu. See Policy 04-03-01.

Disability Resources and Services

The Office of Disability Resources and Services (DRS) coordinates rides for individuals with disabilities on the Pittsburgh campus on a specialized van equipped with a wheelchair lift and standard passenger seating. This van operates five days a week when classes are in session. Individuals needing rides should contact DRS 24 hours in advance of the ride time needed. Ride availability may be constrained by the existing permanent schedules of student passengers. To schedule a ride or for information regarding weekend service or service at the regional campuses, call 412-648-7890.

Physical Recreation

The athletic and recreational facilities of the Fitzgerald Field House, Petersen Events Center, Cost Sports Center, Trees Hall, and Bellefield Hall have been designed to accommodate staff during designated hours. The Athletic Facilities Scheduling Office posts available times for swimming, squash, racquetball, tennis, exercise rooms, indoor track, and other sports areas. A current University ID card is necessary for admission. Lockers are available in Trees Hall on a day-to-day basis without charge; however, for these transient lockers, users must provide their own locks. See Policy 04-01-04.

Pittsburgh Employees Activities Association (PEAA)

PEAA offers special rates for various activities, such as Heinz Hall performances and Consol Energy Center events, as well as travel and discount purchasing opportunities. A wide range of goods and services is available at a discount through independent suppliers. An information rack containing literature about PEAA activities and other discount opportunities is maintained in the reception area of the Office of Human Resources.

Pitt Volunteer Pool

The Pitt Volunteer Pool consists of staff and faculty who participate in community service projects. Each month the Volunteer Pool Activities newsletter is distributed to staff and faculty who have registered to receive it. The newsletter features volunteer opportunities with nonprofit community organizations throughout the region, with a growing emphasis on assistance to immediate neighbors of the University. The Pool welcomes the family and friends of Pitt staff, with many projects appropriate for children of all ages.

The Pitt Volunteer Pool also coordinates University participation in Pitt’s Partnership for Food and the United Way Day of Caring. For more information, call 412-624-7709 or e-mail kshani@pitt.edu.

Staff Blood Drives

In cooperation with the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh, the University sponsors Staff Quarterly Blood Drives throughout the year. Supervisors are encouraged (but not required) to give release time, and all medically eligible staff are invited to participate in this life-saving activity.

For information on becoming a Pitt staff blood donor, call 412-624-7708 or e-mail hirth@pitt.edu.

Telefact

Pitt Telefact is a telephone information service available to students, faculty, and staff. Telefact has answers to a wide variety of questions, such as how to get a car towed, a copy of a transcript, or a replacement ID card. Sponsored by the Student Government Board, the service operates from noon to 9 p.m. seven days a week during the academic year, with reduced hours during the summer months. Telefact staff answer questions ranging from University to universal information. Questions often concern campus activities, sports, weather, and local happenings as well as academic matters. Call Pitt Telefact at 412-624-FACT (3228).

Ticket Service

The Ticket Office, located on the main floor of the William Pitt Union, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and sells tickets to on- and off-campus cultural events. The office also serves as the University’s outlet for the purchase of Port Authority passes and tickets for the Staff Association Council’s annual Pitt Day at Kennywood. For more information, call 412-648-7814.

United Way

Through the University’s annual participation in the United Way Campaign, you have an opportunity to support this community drive and the many agencies relying on it for funds. By using the Donor Option Plan, you may contribute to United Way charities of your choice through the United Way Campaign.

Wellness Program

The Faculty/Staff Wellness Program is coordinated by the School of Education and offers you health and fitness services, including exercise testing for cardiovascular fitness, body composition analyses, blood lipid profiles, nutritional evaluations, and psychophysiological stress profiles. After completion of the cardiovascular screening, participants can enter supervised exercise programs.

For additional information about the program and other services provided, call 412-648-8251 or visit the Wellness Program Office, located in A149B Trees Hall.