Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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March 13, 2020

Guidelines on Remote Work and Hiring

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

As previously announced, Carnegie Mellon is implementing temporary new policies and practices based on social distancing strategies recommended by health experts in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Although the university has decided to conduct classes remotely, we remain open and are encouraging people to engage in social distancing practices wherever they may be.

At the same time, we recognize that some university work can be performed remotely. The university encourages supervisors to consider allowing remote work where practicable. Below are new temporary guidelines from the Office of Human Resources, which has posted additional information about these topics.

Remote Working:

Effective March 16, all exempt, non-exempt, non-union staff members and hourly student workers who wish to work remotely and believe that their job functions can be performed away from campus should work with their supervisors to determine whether such an arrangement is practicable. Supervisors who need assistance should contact their HR business partners.

Hiring Process:

Hiring for staff positions will be conducted virtually. Recruiters will work with hiring managers to begin that process.

Again, full information about these guidelines, including time off and sick leave options, are available on the Office of Human Resources website.


Rodney McClendon, Vice President of Operations
Michelle Piekutowski, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer