The OCC is a self-paced program. There are 33 items (68 requirements) that must be completed throughout the course of a student’s years at Pitt. To complete the program in time for graduation, this comes out to students completing 8 or 9 experiences each semester. The majority of students are able to complete the program by their junior year and 15% of their first year OCC items occur during Orientation week.
Students can login to the OCC to find events, activities, and programs and to start tracking their progress on the Pitt Portal. Students are also invited to attend OCC information sessions and workshops each semester to gain more knowledge about the OCC and answer any questions they might have!
Logging in for the first time
- Visit my.pitt.edu and/or install the Suitable Mobile app
- On the MyPitt portal, find the “Outside the Classroom OCC” login on the right side menu.
- If prompted to enter a password, click “Forgot Password” to set up your new password. IF you have previously logged in and changed your password then be sure to use that one instead.
- Check your email for a message from firstname.lastname@example.org to set your password.
- Once you change your password, you will be able to log in to Suitable with the new password.
- You can change your password in the future from the Settings page on the desktop website.
There are many cool features in Suitable, check out the Resource Guide for a description of some of the terms you may come across!
Completing the OCC
- Log in with your Pitt username and password.
- On the dashboard, click the badge with the OCC logo (found next to the percentage under ‘Achievements’)
- Here is where you will see a list of the 10 goal areas. Clicking a specific area will show you your progress towards completing it.
- You can see a list of upcoming events on the Activities page that you can access by clicking “Activities” on the left sidebar.
- To know if an event, program, or activity counts for OCC credit, look for the 10 goal areas logos and the green of the OCC. Why green? It represents the combination of Pitt’s school colors, blue and gold, to symbolize the education of the whole student.
- Record all of your OCC experiences online by self-reporting (more info below) or attending events and scanning QR codes.
Self-reporting event attendance
If you have attended an event that counts for OCC credit but were not credited for attending, you can self-report your attendance. See this document for more information.
If the event exists in the system:
- Search for the event under the Activities tab.
- Click the square checkbox to the left of the event.
If the event is not in the system:
- Find the curriculum item under the goal area that you believe the event has satisfied. (You can do this by searching for it on the Activities page or by viewing the requirements on the goal area page)
- Click the square checkbox to the left of the task and enter the required reflection. Your reflection should include specific details about the event and/or provide background on the event(s) you have attended.
- If it is an item in which you have to attend more than 1 event, you should self-report by marking off the generic numbered events added. For instance, to record 1 Appreciation of the Arts event, you can check off the “Art Event 1” item.
After you complete the OCC
- Take the OCC Completion Survey: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aWWfM68edAOhBzv
- Receive a confirmation that your application has been approved. This will include details on the OCC Honorary Society Orientation session.
Become an Honorary Society member
To join the OCC Honorary Society, students need to:
- Attend an OCC Honorary Society Orientation Session. Orientation sessions take place multiple times throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.
- Attend the OCC Honorary Society Induction Ceremony. You will be asked to RSVP for this event.
- Become involved in the OCC Honorary Society by participating in programs, becoming a brand ambassador, or even an officer of the organization.
- Graduating seniors will be invited to the Blue Stars Red Carpet event in the spring to receive their Green Cords of Distinction.
- Approximately 6 months after graduation, you will be asked to participate in the University’s post-grad survey.