Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Tartans, All In. Everywhere. 


Tartans, everywhere, have been responding to the world-wide coronavirus situation with innovative approaches to education, impactful research and a commitment to service.

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

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Key Information for Students

Continuing Mitigation Practices During the Holidays
As the CMU community of students, faculty and staff engage in holiday travel and celebrations, the CDC offers considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends and communities from COVID-19.

Ongoing Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing
CMU is conducting ongoing COVID-19 asymptomatic testing — an important component of the university’s strategy to detect COVID-19 in our Pittsburgh community and prevent community spread. Each week we are identifying a random sample of enrolled students engaging in any on-campus or CMU-related activities such as in-person instruction, research and campus life to participate in testing.

Update on the 2021 Spring and Summer Calendars
In addition to a delayed start date, all undergraduate and graduate courses will now be required to start the spring semester remotely for the first week of classes. As previously shared, the spring semester will include two additional break days in addition to the mid-semester break. Read the full update on the 2021 Spring and Summer Calendars.

Read more student information 


Current Service Posture: Modified Services

Modified Services from Thanksgiving Break to February 8, 2021
From Thanksgiving break until February 8, 2021, the university will remain in a Modified On-Campus Services Posture, with remote instruction only from November 25 to December 22, 2020.

Campus Services Operating Hours Over Thanksgiving Break
Most campus services are available remotely and/or in person with modified operating hours. View the Thanksgiving break hours, contact information and details for various departments across campus.

Approved 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.

Working at CMU
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.

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Dining Services Over Thanksgiving Break

A limited number of dining locations, as well as Entropy+ convenience store, will remain open for our campus community on Thanksgiving Day and the weekend following Thanksgiving. Dining plans, including meal blocks, FLEXible dollars and DineXtra, will remain active through the break. 

Thanksgiving break dining options

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Thanksgiving Break Campus Services Operating Hours

Most campus services are available remotely and/or in person with modified operating hours. View the hours of operation over Thanksgiving break for Dining Services, Cohon University Center, athletics and recreation, The CMU Pantry and more.

Campus services operating hours

Social distanced campus space at CMU

Campus Spaces

Seating arrangements in open areas across campus have been repositioned to allow for at least 6 feet of distance. Campus buildings are operating at approximately 50% capacity (or less) to reduce exposure and high-touch, high-traffic areas are cleaned consistently throughout the day.

More about Campus Spaces


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Self-Assess Daily

Complete your self-assessment survey every morning before beginning your day.

Keep 6 Feet Apart

Maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others.

Wear a Facial Covering

Everyone on campus must wear a facial covering.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Support the health and well-being of our entire campus and surrounding community

Taking the daily self-assessment is one way to show you care about your community.

Find out how

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Faculty and Staff


Download the NOVID App


CMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to download NOVID. The app, created at CMU, is uniquely designed to anonymously track the spread of COVID-19 within a user’s network.

CMU users: enter the word “TARTANS” on the settings page to join the NOVID CMU community and gain access to university-specific COVID announcements, helpful links, surveys and follow-up advice.

Download the COVID Alert PA App


COVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS).

You can now add your phone to the fight against COVID-19 by going to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and downloading the free COVID Alert PA app to your smartphone.

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.