Events, Meetings, Facilities and Athletics
Are Pittsburgh campus buildings open?
Students, as well as faculty and staff approved to come to campus, will need their CMU identification cards to enter all campus buildings. All classrooms will close 10pm each day in order to be cleaned and prepared for the following day of classes.
Are research labs and facilities open?
Guidance on research is available on the Researcher Resources page.
When and where do I need COVID-19 response signage?
Facilities Maintenance and Campus Services (FMCS) will install signs in the majority of the highest traffic locations and public spaces. If you are working on a location that has not had safety signs installed or if you see a unique situation, please email your request to email@example.com.
How do I order COVID-19 response signage?
What if the COVID-19 response sign I need is not in the catalog?
Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Facilities Maintenance and Campus Services (FMCS) will review the request and work with Tartan Ink and Marketing & Communications to produce the necessary sign.
Who should faculty or staff contact if furniture needs to be moved to de-densify spaces?
Desks, tables and seats in classrooms should not be moved, even to allow students to face one another.
To adhere to physical distancing, what is suggested for elevators, corridors and stairwells?
Please use stairs when able. Stickers are in place to designate the proper direction. Avoid congregating in corridors and stairwells and keep moving.
When will an in-person ceremony be held for the Class of 2020?
The university's commencement exercises planned for May 17 on the Pittsburgh campus were postponed. Degrees were virtually conferred at the end of the spring semester. CMU is planning to bring the Class of 2020 together for an in-person commencement celebration on campus in the coming academic year. More details will be shared as they become available. More information can be found on The Hub website.
Can in-person meetings or gatherings be held this fall?
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 25 persons are permitted in spaces that will allow proper adherence to guidelines for reducing health risks.
Shared food should be eliminated and any catered food should be individually sealed and wrapped.
Can the new tents on campus be reserved?
Are University Libraries open?
From August 24-28, the Libraries will hold a soft open to test its new systems and refine processes. During this time, all locations will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and limited library services will be available.
Revised fall semester hours will begin August 31:
Monday - Thursday: 7:45 a.m. - 10:15 pm.; Friday: 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Visitors will need to reserve a seat to study.
The stacks of Hunt will be closed, Hunt 2 and 4 will be closed.
Monday - Friday: 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Visitors will need to reserve a seat to study.
Mellon Institute Library
Will not be staffed and on-site library services will not be available for the fall semester. The facility, printer and self-checkout machine will be accessible to Mellon affiliates during Mellon Institute hours of operation.
More information and frequently asked questions are posted on the University Libraries website.
Is the Cohon University Center open?
The Cohon University Center will have restricted access for the following services that are remaining open with limited hours: University Postal Services, the Carnegie Mellon University Federal Credit Union and WRCT radio station.
For additional information, please consult the CUC website, which will be updated.
Is the Coulter Welcome Center open for campus tours?
The Coulter Welcome Center is currently closed and the university has decided to cancel all admission related on-campus visits and group tours for the foreseeable future.
Are campus fitness centers and other athletic facilities open?
Outdoor facilities are open beginning August 24. These include Gesling Stadium and track, soccer field, outdoor basketball court and the tennis courts. Select indoor athletics facilities will open on August 31. These include Cohon University Fitness Center and exercise studios, swimming pools and Wiegand Gym. Hours and capacity limits for each facility will vary. Schedules and more information are posted on the Athletics website.
Other facilities, such as the Tepper Fitness Center and the Cohon Center Racquetball and Squash Courts, are closed until future notice. Skibo Gym is available for approved intercollegiate and club sport use only.
Physical distancing is required and facial coverings are required (unless otherwise noted). Facilities will be cleaned between each session.
You must display your CMU ID to enter, and staff members will log your contact information for contract tracing purposes. The facilities are not available to individuals without a CMU ID. Everyone is expected to have completed the university’s daily self-assessment and two-week self-quarantine requirements prior to using the facilities.
Individuals who do not feel well or develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are expected to stay home, seek medical care, and are therefore not permitted to utilize the facilities.
Traditional services will be suspended until further notice, including towel, locker, laundry, and equipment check-out. You must bring your own equipment to use within the facilities. Daily use lockers will be available.
Is the Cyert Center open?
The Cyert Center will begin a phased opening on July 6. Current families were notified via email, and any additional questions can be sent to email@example.com.
What is the status of other CMU locations besides Pittsburgh?
CMU-Australia will remain open, but all courses will be moved to distance format. Further information for students, faculty and staff will be provided by Emil Bolongaita.
Los Angeles location:
Second-year MEIM students studying in Los Angeles will continue to attend classes in person and will follow strict social distancing and sanitation strategies. University leaders are monitoring the situation in Los Angeles to ensure a safe environment. Further information for students and faculty will be provided by Dan Green.
- Classes at CMU-Q are being taught remotely through the end of the semester, including final exams.
- The building is closed to students, faculty and staff (with the exception of those who are deemed essential for operations).
- More information is available on the CMU Qatar coronavirus website.
Silicon Valley campus:
- Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley has moved to remote teaching until further notice in response to increasing cases of the coronavirus in the County of Santa Clara, California.
- CMU-SV will continue ongoing operations and will allow nonessential staff and faculty to work remotely.
Washington, D.C. location:
Courses taught to our second-year MSPPM-DC students studying in Washington, D.C., will be moved to distance format. The D.C. location will remain open. Students may use the space as usual but will be asked to follow social distancing strategies. Further information for students and faculty will be provided by Sarah Mendelson and Marie Coleman.
Will fall sports be held?
Following a decision by the University Athletic Association that a conference-adopted schedule is not tenable for the fall due to health and safety concerns, Carnegie Mellon Athletics will not participate in intercollegiate competition for fall 2020. The fall decision includes participation in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, football and volleyball.
Carnegie Mellon’s Return to Play Task Force, which includes university administrators and team physicians, will continue to meet and plan for the future, including decisions around winter and spring sports.
More information is available on the Athletics website.