Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Tartans, All In. Everywhere. 

We're All In. Tartans everywhere — on and off campus — are doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. By monitoring for symptoms daily, staying 6 feet apart, wearing facial coverings and washing our hands, we're all in, all the time.

coronavirus icon grayCOVID-19 Cases

Most current numbers of cases at CMU, as well as Allegheny County data.

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Key Information for Students

A Tartan's Responsibility
Every member of the Carnegie Mellon community has a shared responsibility to uphold a culture of safety that balances health considerations with our desire to fulfill the university’s core mission. A Tartan's Responsibility outlines the expectations for all CMU students. 

At the beginning of the fall semester, the university conducted asymptomatic testing of residential and off-campus undergraduate and graduate students living in the Pittsburgh area. As part of our asymptomatic testing program, CMU is currently doing weekly random sample testing.

Update on the 2021 Spring and Summer Calendars
In addition to a delayed start date, all undergraduate and graduate courses will now be required to start the spring semester remotely for the first week of classes. As previously shared, the spring semester will include two additional break days in addition to the mid-semester break. Read the full update on the 2021 Spring and Summer Calendars.

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Current Service Posture: Modified Services

Teaching and Learning
The university is offering a hybrid model of teaching and learning. The hybrid model allows for in-person and remote instruction to allow for the fluid conditions of the pandemic.

Campus Services Operating Hours
Most campus services are available remotely and/or in person with modified operating hours. View the hours, contact information and details for various departments across campus.

Approved projects are returning to their CMU locations while complying with university-wide minimum requirements. All other researchers are continuing to operate remotely until authorized to return to CMU facilities.

Working at CMU
The majority of departments and units across the university are currently working remotely. As future business needs dictate, the university has created plans for select units/employees to return to campus under strict guidance.

Students social distancing at campus dining spot

Dining Services

Plexiglass barriers and social distancing markers have been installed across campus dining services spots to help make transactions safer. Nearly every open restaurant on campus now offers mobile ordering with food and drinks waiting at designated shelves or tables when customers arrive for pick-up.

Dining Services transforms

CMU shuttle bus being cleaned

COVID Shuttle Safety

For physical distancing, seating capacity on all CMU shuttles have been reduced in half. Also, drivers are required to wear masks and wipe down the shuttle interior every other trip to ensure cleanliness. High-powered, full fogging of the interior of the vehicles is conducted weekly. 

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Partial zoom and partial in-person classroom at CMU


All CMU classrooms allow for at least 6 feet between student seating. Along with signage for seating, occupancy signage is posted within all classrooms and large poster-sized sign stands are placed at every building entrance as a reminder to wear facial coverings, maintain social distance and wash hands frequently.

A fall semester unlike any other

Social distanced campus space at CMU

Campus Spaces

Seating arrangements in open areas across campus have been repositioned to allow for at least 6 feet of distance. Campus buildings are operating at approximately 50% capacity (or less) to reduce exposure and high-touch, high-traffic areas are cleaned consistently throughout the day.

More about Campus Spaces


CMU students wearing masks and walking outside on campus among the fall leaves

Tartan Heart. Tartan Smart.

Heart: in the work. Mask: over your mouth and nose. Check out Carnegie Mellon's campus views on Instagram.

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Self-Assess Daily

Complete your self-assessment survey every morning before beginning your day.

Keep 6 Feet Apart

Maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others.

Wear a Facial Covering

Everyone on campus must wear a facial covering.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Support the health and well-being of our entire campus and surrounding community

Taking the daily self-assessment is one way to show you care about your community.

Find out how

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Faculty and Staff


Download the NOVID App


CMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to download NOVID. The app, created at CMU, is uniquely designed to anonymously track the spread of COVID-19 within a user’s network.

CMU users: enter the word “TARTANS” on the settings page to join the NOVID CMU community and gain access to university-specific COVID announcements, helpful links, surveys and follow-up advice.

Download the COVID Alert PA App


COVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS).

You can now add your phone to the fight against COVID-19 by going to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and downloading the free COVID Alert PA app to your smartphone.

COVID-19 Communications


CMU Locations

Most information on this site applies to the Pittsburgh campus. Additional guidance is available for Africa, Australia and Qatar campuses. Other locations will be provided information by their program heads.