Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

Faculty Resources

Our faculty’s continued commitment to students, passion for teaching and support of one another will lead to our success. It’s with patience, collaboration and resolve that we will move forward together through these extraordinary circumstances to ensure delivery on the university’s mission to provide a world-class education.

On-site research is beginning to ramp up. A set of pilot projects are returning to their CMU locations, while complying with university-wide minimum requirements. All other researchers continue to operate remotely until authorized to return to CMU facilities.  

All campus buildings are open to authorized personnel only, besides Tepper School Lobby and Cohon University Center. You will need to swipe your CMU ID to enter the building.

Computing Services and the Eberly Center have put together resources to help with remote education.

Preparation and Tools from the Eberly Center

Preparing for hybrid instruction

  1. The goal is the same to provide a quality educational experience that meets your course’s learning outcomes (even if the path getting there has changed).
  2. Start simple: Where possible, continue using the edtech tools you already have in place, and add what you need from the toolkit laid out below. Then build out from there.
  3. Identify the tools and strategies that align with your teaching/learning needs.

More Information

Learn more about hybrid learning

Additional Resources


It is important that every faculty member makes contact with their department liaison to the Eberly Center.


Refer to the Researcher Resources page for more information and the current status of research at CMU.

return to campus

More information will be forthcoming concerning faculty's return to campus, educational preparation and fall instruction.

Health and Wellness

What if I get sick?

Our first priority is your safety and well-being. Learn what to do if you experience symptoms on our Health & Wellness page.

More on the Coronavirus and your Health

Wear a Face Covering in Public

While on CMU premises, all faculty, staff, researchers, students and contractors must wear a facial covering (sufficient to cover the nose and mouth) at all times — both inside and outside of buildings — including while alone in private offices or other CMU campus spaces and facilities.

If you are in need of a facial covering, contact drbc@andrew.cmu for assistance.


CMU provides resources to help academic and staff employees and eligible dependents cope with these types of life events through the Guidance Resources Employee Assistance Program (EAP). You may also call the EAP line directly at 1-844-744-1370. The EAP provides confidential, short-term counseling at no cost to the employee.

If you know a student who needs help, or a student comes to you, we encourage you to point them to Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS). CaPS counselors are available at any time, day or night, at 412-268-2922.

Medical Requests for Accommodations

Consistent with CMU’s commitment to maintain the health, safety and welfare of its faculty and staff, the university will provide a reasonable accommodation to eligible faculty and staff who, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, require workplace accommodations to enable them to perform the essential functions of their job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.

The Office of Disability Services has developed a COVID-19 reasonable accommodation process for faculty and staff who seek workplace accommodations.

Events, Gatherings and Fitness


In-person gatherings or meetings are discouraged. All meetings should be held virtually via Zoom or other conferencing technologies whenever possible. However, in-person gatherings or meetings of up to 10 persons are permitted in spaces that will allow proper social distancing.

For those not in Allegheny County, we recommend continuing to adhere to social distancing and physical distancing guidelines.

Shared food should be eliminated and any catered food should be individually sealed and wrapped.


Fitness centers in the Cohon University Center, Tepper Quad and housing facilities are closed until further notice.

Gesling Stadium, the outdoor track, the soccer field, the outdoor basketball court and the tennis courts are closed to all community members. The Department of Athletics and Recreation is offering a number of virtual opportunities for all members of our community.


Hiring for staff positions will be conducted virtually. Recruiters will work with hiring managers to begin that process.

Because of the new guidance on domestic travel, effective Monday, March 16, all faculty interviews and Ph.D. visits must be conducted virtually. All doctoral and master’s theses defenses are also permitted to take place remotely.

Summer Remote Instruction

STEP 1: Secure Your Devices and Data

Secure your devices, ensure a stable internet connection and manage your files.

STEP 2: Collaborate with Others

Collaborate with peers via web conferencing and phone; share files as needed.

STEP 3: Access Your Work

Get the software, applications and connectivity you need for remote working.