Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

Emerging from this pandemic. Together. Stronger.

Phased Approach

As Pennsylvania and Allegheny County policies allow, the university has begun a phased approach to bring the CMU community back to campus and other Pittsburgh-area locations. This approach will allow for maximum flexibility and iteration to test processes and procedures.

COVID-19 Cases

Most current numbers of cases at CMU, as well as Allegheny County data. 
View all case data

Returning to Campus

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Fall Semester & Campus Preparedness

Fall 2020: Information for New and Returning Students
Get important information to guide fall semester planning, including course schedules and registration, housing and dining instruction, financial aid information, fall semester invoices and more.

A Hybrid Design
Beginning August 31, Carnegie Mellon will offer a hybrid model of teaching and learning. The hybrid model allows for in-person and remote instruction to better prepare for the fluid conditions of the pandemic.

Campus-wide Safety Measures
Carnegie Mellon has been preparing campus — from installing barriers and modifying spaces to enhanced cleaning protocols — to mitigate the viral spread on campus.


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Returning to On-Site Research and Work

Piloting the Return of Select Research
On-site research is ramping up. Pilot projects are returning to their CMU locations while complying with university-wide minimum requirements. All other researchers are continuing to operate remotely until authorized to return to CMU facilities.

Majority of Staff to Continue Working Remotely
The majority of departments and units across the university are currently working remotely. As future business needs dictate, the university has created plans for select units/employees to return to campus under strict guidance.

Pandemic Safety Officers
Pandemic Safety Officers (PSOs) will lead by example and help colleagues understand the requirements when returning to campus.


Help Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

What You Can Do; Protecting Yourself; Screen yourself for symptoms regularly; If symptoms occur, stay home, contact care provider; Practice physical distancing; Wash your hands often; Wear a face covering
What CMU Is Doing; Preparing Campus; Enhancing HVAC systems; Modifying spaces; Installing plexiglass barriers; Providing clear directional instruction on campus; Frequently sanitizing and disinfecting
What CMU Is Doing; Expanding Services; Developing tool for daily symptom self-screening; Doing contact tracing after positive cases; Screening temperatures when indicated; Enhancing support for student academic success
What We Can Do Together; Protecting the Community ; Teach and learn remotely as needed; Work from home if possible; 
Stagger work schedules; Meet remotely or at a distance; Reduce group sizes
Kirr Commons

Modifying Seating

The chairs in Kirr Commons, along with seating arrangements across campus, have been repositioned to allow for at least 6 feet of distance.

Man with grey hair holding up a large, clear, facial protection mask.

Personal Protective Equipment

Face coverings and other PPE are already being used by essential campus workers who are preparing campus for fall.  

A large, clear plexiglass barrier surrounding the front desk at University Health Services.

Plexiglass Barriers

Dozens of plexiglass barriers have been installed across campus to help make transactions safer. 

A white face mask with the CMU mascot, Scotty, and a red face mask with the white CMU wordmark on a wooden desk.

CMU Face Coverings

More than 60,000 CMU-branded face coverings will be distributed in the coming academic year. Stay tuned for more information.

The face coverings pictured are available for sale at the University Store now. 

Woman cleans chairs with high-powered cleaning sprayer.

High-Powered Cleaning

Electrostatic sprayers are being used to disinfect high-touch, high-traffic areas across campus.

Stay Well

Resources to support your physical and mental health include guidelines for mask-wearing, hand-washing and staying connected while social distancing.

Health & Wellness

COVID-19 Communications


CMU Locations

Most information on this site applies to the Pittsburgh campus. Additional guidance is available for Africa, Australia and Qatar campuses. Other locations will be provided information by their program heads.