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 limited to activites that have been approved by each college’s dean, the vice president for research and the university COVID-19 coordinator. All research activities approved must comply 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.
Preparation and Tools from the Eberly Center
Preparing for hybrid instruction
- 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).
- 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.
- Identify the tools and strategies that align with your teaching/learning needs.
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.
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 the Symptoms & Reporting page.
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.
Exceptions include: While eating or drinking, if working outdoors during hot and humid conditions, or when alone in a private space, such as an office, assigned residence hall room or enclosed vehicle. When outdoors, facial coverings are expected to be worn whenever physical distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained. If you cannot wear a facial covering due to a medical condition, please contact either the Office of Disability Resources (students) or HR Disability Services (employees) to request an exemption as an accommodation.
If you are in need of a facial covering, contact email@example.com for assistance.
MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
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
MEETINGS OR GATHERINGS
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 adherence to guidelines for reducing health risks.
For those not in Allegheny County, we recommend continuing to adhere to guidelines for reducing health risks.
Shared food should be eliminated and any catered food should be individually sealed and wrapped.
CAMPUS FITNESS CENTERS AND ATHLETIC FACILITIES
Fitness centers in the Cohon University Center, Tepper Quad and housing facilities are open for the fall semester. Facilities will not be accessible outside of the supervised open times. For more information about their safety protocols and new hours of operation, visit the Athletics website.
Gesling Stadium, the outdoor track, the soccer field, the outdoor basketball court and the tennis courts will be open and monitored by Athletics department staff. The Department of Athletics and Recreation is still offering a number of virtual opportunities for all members of our community.