Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Events, Meetings, Facilities and Athletics

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's commencement exercises planned for May 17, 2020, 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 current academic year. More details will be shared as they become available. More information can be found on The HUB website.

Effective 11/20/20: Non-curricular, in-person gatherings and meetings are suspended until further notice. All meetings should be held virtually via Zoom or other conferencing technologies. 

Beginning immediately, Allegheny County residents are asked to stay at home to stop social gatherings to stem the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the county. 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.

Effective 11/20/20: Non-curricular, in-person gatherings and meetings are suspended until further notice. All gatherings should be held virtually via Zoom or other conferencing technologies. 

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.

Hunt Library
Monday - Thursday: 7:45 a.m. - 10:15 pm.; Friday: 7:45 a.m. - 6 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.

Sorrells Library
Monday - Friday: 7:45 a.m. - 6 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.

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.

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.

Outdoor facilities opened August 24. These included Gesling Stadium and track, soccer field, outdoor basketball court and the tennis courts. Select indoor athletics facilities opened August 31. These included 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 contact 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.

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 Athletics is not participating in intercollegiate athletics competition this fall or winter. Decisions about spring have not been made yet. More information is available on the Athletics website.