March 4, 2020
Suspending All CMU-Sponsored International Travel
Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon Community,
Today we are suspending all university-sponsored international travel until further notice. This includes all student, faculty and staff international travel for CMU-sponsored academic and research activities, such as coursework, academic and research conferences, and non-academic activities, including volunteer service trips. In addition, we urge you to postpone personal international travel plans.
The restriction is in place for all CMU locations within the United States. We are coordinating with our global locations on policies appropriate for their situations.
We know this announcement impacts many of you, but after consulting with CMU faculty and students, surveying our peer institutions, and factoring in the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have come to this decision in support of the health and safety of our campus community. Your well-being is our top priority.
We know that many within our community will have questions regarding financial implications of these travel restrictions. The university is developing guidance for any unrecoverable cancellation fees that cannot be recouped and will provide that information to academic and administrative units in the near future.
While CMU’s domestic travel policy is not affected at this time, if you have concerns about traveling on university business, please discuss those with your faculty, department or unit head. Anyone who does not feel comfortable traveling for CMU business within the United States can choose not to take the trip.
As the coronavirus situation evolves, our leadership team is diligently working across campus to make plans and develop solutions should new issues arise. Please continue to monitor CMU’s coronavirus website for official university updates.
Finally, thank you for your care, compassion and thoughtfulness in these uncertain times.
Jim Garrett, Provost