Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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On-Campus Service Postures

CMU has adopted four operational postures for our Pittsburgh campus — Transitional, Modified, Restricted, and Essential — to reflect the appropriate levels of in-person versus remote activity based on the nature of the pandemic on campus and in our region.

University leadership is tracking a host of metrics and data to collectively assist with risk-informed decision-making in the event that a transition in campus posture is needed. Indicators include: confirmed cases on campus, Allegheny County case data, daily self-assessment trends, quarantine/isolation housing availability, supply base and many other factors.

Current Posture: Modified 

Effective: February 12, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

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Students

  • Hybrid Model for Teaching and Learning
  • De-densified housing and dining facilities
  • Effective 6/14/21 at 8:00 a.m.
    • Indoor meetings and university-sponsored events of up to 50 persons are permitted. However, recognizing that many colleagues may still be operating remotely during this transition period, virtual alternatives are encouraged and may be necessary to ensure adequate participation.
    • Outdoor meetings and university-sponsored events are permitted up to 50% of outdoor facility capacity.
  • Most shared spaces are open with modifications to support physical distancing. (i.e., Fitness Facilities)

Faculty & Staff

  • Administrative and operational personnel that support core educational and research permitted on campus
  • Many units on campus continue to operate/meet remotely or will have a limited/rotating presence on campus

Research

Approved on-site research activities may continue subject to any additional requirements from the Vice President for Research.


Visitors

Visitors permitted subject to approval

Transitional

Effective: July 1, 2021

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Students

  • In-person instruction is predominant with remote instruction on a limited basis (Summer 2021 instruction is remote)
  • Re-densification of housing and dining facilities
  • Non-curricular student activities aligned with university risk mitigation protocols do not require preapproval
  • Shared spaces are open with modifications

Faculty & Staff

  • In addition to essential functions, on campus delivery of services supporting core education and research functions are prioritized
  • Many units transition to the on-campus workplace with flexible arrangements, such as a rotating presence on campus
  • In-person on-campus events aligned with university risk mitigation protocols do not require preapproval

Research

Increased capacity for on-site research activities consistent with university risk mitigation protocols


Visitors

Visitors permitted, in some cases subject to approval

Restricted 

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Students

  • Remote study temporarily required, with exceptions considered
  • De-densified housing and dining facilities
  • In-person student activities and gatherings temporarily suspended
  • Limited shared spaces open with modifications to support physical distancing (i.e., CUC reduced hours)

Faculty & Staff

  • Remote work, events and meetings for most academic, administrative and operational units
  • Essential Services continue
  • Academic instruction may be delivered remotely using on-campus learning facilities

Research

Approved on-site research activities may continue subject to any additional requirements from the Vice President for Research. 


Visitors

Visitors permitted subject to approval

Essential Services Only

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Students

  • Remote study required
  • Reduction in housing and dining facilities — residential students who can relocate home are encouraged to do so
  • Gatherings prohibited
  • Facilities only open to support on-campus students and essential services

Faculty & Staff

  • Remote work, events and meetings required
  • Essential on-campus services only (i.e., Facilities Management, Postal Services, etc.)

Research

Approved on-site research activities may continue subject to any additional requirements from the Vice President for Research.


Visitors

Visitors only permitted by special exception