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How will COVID-19 impact the Fall 2021 semester?

Read this FAQ and more

Vaccine Requirements

Consistent with scientific evidence on the importance of vaccine adoption to control spread of the virus, to the extent permissible by law, Carnegie Mellon University will require all enrolled students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, effective this fall semester. This policy applies to all undergraduate and graduate students in U.S.-based programs.

Those who are not fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final vaccine dose) with a WHO-emergency use listed or U.S.-emergency use authorized vaccine will be required to start the vaccination process as they begin engaging in campus life (e.g. orientation programs, moving into residence halls, coming to class, joining research activities, etc.).

Arrival Testing

In connection with the launch of the fall 2021 semester, the university requires every student to complete two baseline tests through the Tartan Testing program. The first of these tests should ideally be completed within five days after arrival to the Pittsburgh area, while the second must be completed sometime during the student's second week in Pittsburgh.

Students already living in the Pittsburgh area should plan to complete their testing within the two weeks prior to their engagement with campus activities, research, orientation or classes.

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

We ask our Carnegie Mellon community to engage in these four COVID-19 mitigation behaviors.

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Self-Assess Daily

Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to participate in the Daily Symptom Self-Assessment survey, but may still do so. All CMU community members who are not fully vaccinated must participate in the self-assessment, which includes temperature monitoring, for any day they are planning to be on campus, or at any CMU facility.

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Keep Distance

Be mindful of physical distancing and your proximity to others.

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Wear a Facial Covering

Facial coverings (sufficient to cover the nose and mouth) are now required on campus, regardless of vaccination status. They are required outdoors when less than six feet of others and indoors at all times except when eating or drinking. 

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Wash Your Hands

All CMU community members should practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Safe Learning & Living

We've enhanced cleaning methods and made significant improvements to the HVAC systems across the university. We've also modified campus spaces including classrooms, residence halls, dining facilities and more, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department.

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More Information

We keep the campus community informed about all COVID-19 information through our COVID-19 Updates website.

Visit Carnegie Mellon COVID-19 Website