Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Returning to Campus

Last updated: 1/17/22

For CMU employees who have been working remotely, situations for returning to campus will vary.

Individuals will need to work with their supervisors regarding the timing of returning to working on campus. 

Depending upon the programs and services delivered, units may be bringing more or fewer employees back to campus or may employ staggered work schedules or other approaches during this period.

All faculty, staff and students who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must participate weekly in Tartan Testing, the university’s COVID-19 asymptomatic testing program, if you are planning to be on campus. 

Tartan Testing is also available for fully vaccinated CMU community members who desire a weekly test.

Approved to Return to Campus 

If you need specialized PPE equipment, please email Procurement Services at

The university reinstated the requirement for everyone to wear facial coverings (sufficient to cover the nose and mouth) at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Exceptions include: while eating or drinking; when alone in a private space, such as an office or vehicle; and in designated residence hall floor spaces when used by vaccinated residents. 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.

Exceptions have been made for faculty, staff and students who are actively engaged in in-person curricular music and drama courses/productions, and NCAA sponsored athletic events. However, individuals exercising this option are required to complete the daily self-assessment and participate in weekly Tartan Testing, regardless of vaccination status.

Please visit the One-Time Campus Access Request Process page for more information on getting one-time access.

If an employee is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the supervisor should notify University Health Services.

Employees who suspect they may be sick should not come to their designated work location but stay home and consult their health care provider. If employees begin to feel ill while on site, they must leave the premises, notify their supervisor immediately and consult their health care provider.

Email FMCS to arrange a discussion about enhanced sanitation and disinfection for specific spaces.  

Please refer to the Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfection section of the Minimum Requirements to Return to On-site Work page for more information.

Please refer to the Faculty and Staff Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms section of the Symptoms & Reporting page for more information.

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.

More information on the process can be found at the Human Resources website.

Daily Self-Assessment

The Daily Self-Assessment is an online form that consists of a few “yes or no” questions that allow individuals to share information about their daily symptoms and potential close contact to COVID-19. Immediately after submitting responses, you will be directed to a webpage that will either confirm you are permitted to come to campus or provide additional guidance.

Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to participate in the Daily Symptom Self-Assessment but may still do so.

All faculty, staff, students and visitors who are not fully vaccinated must participate in the applicable CMU daily symptom self-assessment survey, which includes temperature monitoring, every day the individual will be on campus or at any CMU facility. If you are unvaccinated and do not have a testing exemption, you are expected to complete the self-assessment every day. It is strongly recommended to participate even if not planning to be on campus and fully vaccinated.

Faculty, staff and students will receive a daily reminder with a link to the form. Additional information is also available on the Daily Self-Assessment page.

While not required, it is strongly encouraged that faculty and staff working remotely should complete the self-assessment each day, even if you’re not planning to visit campus and are fully vaccinated.

After taking your temperature, the self-assessment takes less than a minute to complete.

The form, along with additional information, can also be found on the Daily Self-Assessment page.