Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Survey Reveals Majority of Campus Community Is Vaccinated


An overwhelmingly high response rate to the COVID-19 vaccine survey sent via email in late May indicates the majority of Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus community has been vaccinated.

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CMU case numbers, CMU community vaccine survey results, Allegheny County data and more

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Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Self-Assess Daily

Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to participate in the Daily Symptom Self-Assessment survey. All faculty, staff, students and visitors who are not fully vaccinated must participate in the applicable CMU daily symptom self-assessment survey, which includes temperature monitoring, for any day they are planning to be on campus or at any CMU facility. 

Keep Distance

Be mindful of physical distancing and your proximity to others.

Wear a Facial Covering

Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a facial covering on campus, though they are welcome to continue doing so at their discretion. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or who work in healthcare (conducting clinical work), childcare or public transportation settings must wear a facial covering at all times as required by PA and/or CDC regulations, and whenever physical distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained outdoors. 

Wash Your Hands

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

Tartan Testing

Tartan Testing is Carnegie Mellon's testing program for the diagnosis of COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals and is an important element of the university's ongoing strategy to detect and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Who Must Participate Weekly in Tartan Testing

  • Students who are in progress with becoming fully vaccinated or those students who have been exempted from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement
  • Faculty/staff who have not uploaded their vaccination information to the university’s Vaccine Database

The test takes less than 15 minutes and same-day appointments are often available. Tartan Testing is also available for fully vaccinated CMU community members who desire a weekly test.

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Tartan Testing Process


Fall 2021: Student 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 fully vaccinated for COVID-19, effective this fall semester. 

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.).

While awaiting full vaccination status, students will be expected to participate in mitigation activities such as weekly Tartan Testing, wearing facial coverings and participating in the Daily Self-Assessment

Read the vaccination and/or revaccination guidelines for both domestic and international students.

How to Enter Your Information into CMU's COVID-19 Vaccine Database

FAQ on Fall 2021 Vaccine Requirements

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Tartan Testing Shuttle

As part of Tartan Testing, CMU provides free shuttle service to the Pittsburgh campus testing location from various off-campus locations. Facial coverings for all individuals (both those fully vaccinated and not vaccinated) are still required when traveling on public transportation, including CMU shuttles.

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Dining Services

Visit the Dining Services website for information about CMU's various dining locations and their hours of operation. 

Dining Options and Hours for summer

George Innocenzo, operations director for Carnegie Mellon's asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program.

Testing Managers Put Tartans First

George Innocenzo is operations director for Carnegie Mellon University’s asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program for more than 15,000 Pittsburgh-based students, faculty and staff. 

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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.

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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.