Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Events, Meetings, Facilities and Athletics

Last updated: 5/3/21

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 10 p.m. each day in order to be cleaned and prepared for the following day of classes.

Guidance on research is available on the Researcher Resources page.

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

Browse through the COVID-19 Response Signage Catalog (PDF), and mail your request to Include the sign catalog number, material and quantity for each item.


Email your request to Facilities Maintenance and Campus Services (FMCS) will review the request and work with Tartan Ink and Marketing & Communications to produce the necessary sign.

If you need help adjusting furniture or de-densifying locations in order to adhere to the maximum capacity, please place a work order with FMCS through If furniture needs to be relocated from a certain space, FMCS will need to know if the department has extra space to store it or if it needs to be stored centrally.

Desks, tables and seats in classrooms should not be moved, even to allow students to face one another.

Please use stairs when able. Stickers are in place to designate the proper direction. Avoid congregating in corridors and stairwells and keep moving.

The University announced that they will offer in-person commencement exercises for graduating students in the Class of 2021. Families and friends of the graduates, as well as members of our community, will be able to watch the ceremonies through livestreamed video. 

With increasing evidence that transmission of the COVID-19 virus is significantly lower in outdoor settings, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has expanded the scope of permitted outdoor gatherings. With these changes, the university is now able to update its own policies to expand in-person activities outdoors, including our university-wide commencement program. 

Visit CMU's commencement website for more details.

The University announced there will be a formal in-person commencement ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to be held in May 2022. This event will also include a special doctoral hooding ceremony for the doctoral candidates of both classes.

Visit CMU's commencement website for more details.

In-Person Meetings or Gatherings

Effective 3/20/21 at 8:00 a.m.
Indoor gatherings or meetings are strongly 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 physical distancing.

Outdoor gatherings or meetings of up to 10% of facility/space capacity (generally a maximum of 50-100 in most situations) are permitted in spaces that will allow proper physical distancing.

At all gatherings, shared food should be eliminated and any catered food should be individually sealed and wrapped.

While use of the canopies and converted spaces are on a first-come, first-served basis, seats in the tents can be reserved individually or for small groups using CMU’s 25Live scheduling application. Tents are large enough to accommodate up to 25 people standing, the maximum number allowed for gatherings. Individuals must wear facial coverings, keep six feet away from others and follow the university’s public space guidelines, such as being courteous of others sharing the space and maintaining appropriate noise levels.

All library locations on the Pittsburgh campus are currently open. For more information and hours, visit the CMU Libraries COVID updates page and the CMU Libraries hours page.

Yes. Visit the Cohon University Center website for current services and hours.

Currently, the Coulter Welcome Center is closed and all admission related on-campus visits and group tours are not being held.

Recreation is an essential component of campus life. It contributes to the student experience and to the health and well-being of our students – physically, mentally and emotionally.

Athletics facilities are open for community use, and schedules can be found on the Athletics website. Open outdoor facilities include Gesling Stadium and track, soccer field, outdoor basketball court and the tennis courts. The Cohon University Center Fitness Center and exercise studios, swimming pools, Wiegand Gym and Tepper Fitness Center are all open during the spring semester. Hours and capacity limits for each facility will vary.

The Cohon Center Racquetball and Squash Courts, are closed until future notice. Skibo Gym is available for approved intercollegiate and club sport use only.

All indoor athletics facilities will be monitored during open hours by Athletics Department staff. Patrons may be asked to check-in to each facility upon arrival and staff members may log their information for contact tracing purposes. Carnegie Mellon IDs will be required for individuals to gain entry into an athletics facility. Facilities will not be accessible outside of open times.

Physical distancing is required and facial coverings are required (unless otherwise noted). The fitness center facilities will be cleaned between each session. The facilities are not available to individuals without a CMU ID. Everyone is expected to have completed the university’s daily self-assessment prior to utilizing 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.

The Cyert Center opened July 6. Current families were notified via email, and any additional questions can be sent to

Australia location:

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.

Qatar campus:

  • 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.

Carnegie Mellon resumed intercollegiate athletics competition on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Visit the Athletics website for the latest updates to any changes or cancellations to the competition schedule.

As of Saturday, March 20, 2021, Carnegie Mellon amended its guidance to allow limited visitors for outdoor athletic events.

Indoor events will still allow a small number of community members (i.e. students, staff and faculty) to attend in accordance with all university mitigation protocols. Off-campus venues will follow the same approach as on-campus venues. Whenever possible, we will have live webcasts of home events and they will be streamed on our website.

For more information, visit the CMU Athletics COVID-19 FAQs page.