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: Transitional

Effective: July 1, 2021

The university has established guidance and provided risk mitigation protocols to ensure continued adherence to COVID-19 safety measures during a transitional period of returning to campus. Targeted mitigation strategies are implemented as needed.

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Students

  • In-person instruction is predominant with remote instruction on a limited basis
  • 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

Modified Services

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Students

  • Temporary adjustment of course modalities towards more remote options
  • Dining facilities and services modified: takeout meals only
  • Non-curricular student activities require preapproval
  • Shared spaces and facilities modified as needed (i.e., athletic facilities)

Faculty & Staff

  • In addition to essential functions, on-campus delivery of services supporting core education and research functions continue to be prioritized
  • Temporarily pause further transition to the on-campus workplace
  • In-person, on-campus events require preapproval

Other Considerations

  • Approved on-site research activities continue subject to any additional requirements from the Vice President for Research
  • Visitors permitted, in some cases subject to approval
  • Non-essential university business travel paused

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