Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

Return to On-Site Work: Guidelines & Requirements

The university has outlined a phased transition plan to gradually bring activities back to our campuses. As the phased approach advances, we will update these pages with additional information as needed.

Phase one allows for the continuation of on-site work by essential employees (faculty, staff and researchers), and the return to on-site work by those whose physical presence fills a strong CMU business or mission-critical need. Anyone returning to on-site work must first receive university approval.

Remote instruction will continue for all summer courses through August 1. We are currently planning for fall semester classes to begin in Pittsburgh on the previously scheduled date of August 31, under the hybrid model described in earlier communications.


On-site presence should be limited to essential personnel and individuals whose work responsibilities support a defined business need and have been approved to be on campus.

Prior to returning to on-site work, personnel who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, received a positive diagnosis or have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual within the last 14 days must stay home and cannot return to work until they are cleared by a healthcare practitioner and they have provided documentation of that clearance to Human Resources.

Enhanced measures should be implemented to stop or minimize the potential for transmission of COVID-19 on CMU’s campus and other CMU work locations.