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COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Fall 2021: Vaccine Requirements


Consistent with scientific evidence on the importance of vaccine adoption to control spread of the virus, to the extent permissible by law, Carnegie Mellon University will require all enrolled students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, effective this fall semester. This policy will apply to all undergraduate and graduate students in U.S.-based programs.

Vaccine requirements for fall 

FAQ on Fall 2021 Vaccine requirements

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

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Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Self-Assess Daily

Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to participate in the Daily Symptom Self-Assessment survey. 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, for any day they are planning to be on campus, or at any CMU facility. It is strongly recommended to participate even if not planning to be on campus and fully vaccinated.

Keep Distance

Be mindful of physical distancing and your proximity to others.

Wear a Facial Covering

Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a facial covering on campus, though they are welcome to continue doing so at their discretion. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or who work in healthcare (conducting clinical work), childcare or public transportation settings must wear a facial covering at all times as required by PA and/or CDC regulations, and whenever physical distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained outdoors. 

Wash Your Hands

All CMU community members should continue to practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

CMU Community Members Required to Complete Tartan Testing Weekly if Not Fully Vaccinated

Tartan Testing is for all Pittsburgh-based Students, Faculty and Staff 

The Tartan COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing Program is CMU's program for the diagnosis of COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals and is an important element of the university's ongoing strategy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

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Tartan Testing Process


Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

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Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.

According to the CDC, getting a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Helps keep you from getting COVID-19 and is a safer way to help build protection

  • Allows you to start doing more (once you are fully vaccinated) 

  • Serves as an important tool to help stop the pandemic

Learn more from the CDC about the Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.

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Tartan Testing Shuttle

As part of Tartan Testing, CMU provides free shuttle service to the Pittsburgh campus testing location from various off-campus locations. Facial coverings for all individuals (both those fully vaccinated and not vaccinated) are still required when traveling on public transportation, including CMU shuttles.

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Dining Services

Visit the Dining Services website for information about CMU's various dining locations and their hours of operation. 

Dining Options and Hours for summer

George Innocenzo, operations director for Carnegie Mellon's asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program.

Testing Managers Put Tartans First

George Innocenzo is operations director for Carnegie Mellon University’s asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program for more than 15,000 Pittsburgh-based students, faculty and staff. 

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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.

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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.