Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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A Tartan's Responsibility

A Tartan’s Responsibility outlines the expectations the university has for all CMU students who will resume living, learning, working and interacting with our campus community, whether living on or off campus. By coming to Pittsburgh for in-person instruction, research and campus engagement, students agree to adhere to rules both on and off campus, for as long as they are in effect.

Students returning to campus for in-person classes were required to do the following.

  • Minimize the introduction of COVID-19 into and around our community by self-quarantining in your residence hall or in the Pittsburgh area for at least 14 days prior to coming on campus (if arriving from outside Southwestern Pennsylvania), monitoring your health for COVID-19 symptoms throughout that period, and completing pre-arrival safety and prevention training.
  • Prevent the spread of COVID-19 in and around our community, including when off campus, by maintaining required physical distance, wearing facial coverings, limiting the size of gatherings, practicing good hygiene, limiting non-essential travel and following the university’s directions regarding travel outside the region throughout the semester and adhering to other governmental and university requirements. These requirements are subject to change as conditions of the virus evolve. 
  • Contribute to the identification of COVID-19 in and around our community by complying with required testing protocols, completing the daily self-assessment survey, responding to contact tracing and other related requests as necessary, and receiving a seasonal flu vaccine.
  • Support the containment of COVID-19 in and around our community by timely reporting to University Health Services and following their guidance when experiencing symptoms or when you believe that you may have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 14 days.

A full list of rules and expectations can be found on the Students page.

These rules are based on the Minimum Requirements that apply to the entire CMU community. They are designed, following federal, state and local guidance, to maintain our collective continued health and vitality, to promote a culture of shared responsibility for the safety of all community members in and around our university, including our neighbors, and to preserve our ability to continue to offer an in-person experience. Faculty and staff are also adhering to strict requirements as conditions for returning to campus, which encompass the general requirements set forth below in addition to requirements specific to their particular job responsibilities.

Should you find that you are unable or unwilling to comply with these rules at any point in the semester, then, in acknowledgement of your responsibility to the community, you agree to remove yourself from campus immediately and complete your semester remotely. Students who fail to adhere to these rules will be subject to immediate action, which may include revocation of on-campus privileges, and student conduct action. The university strongly believes that adherence to these expectations is critical to maintaining a healthy living, learning and working environment during the pandemic. To be successful as a community in upholding these expectations, each of us must embrace our role as active bystanders to help one another.

No, if you are not in Pittsburgh, you do not need to take the course. Only students who were slated to be in Pittsburgh for the spring 2021 semester were enrolled in the Canvas course for A Tartan’s Responsibility. Students who passed the course in the fall were automatically enrolled in the shorter, refresher version of the course. 

Students who are in Pittsburgh for the spring semester, but were not here in the fall, were enrolled in the full course. Students who passed the course in the fall are automatically enrolled in the shorter, refresher version of the course that is tailored to the spring semester experience. (If you are not in Pittsburgh, you do not need to take the course). If you are not seeing the course on your Canvas page, please e-mail