Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus

Last updated: 4/19/2022

In accordance with the values of Carnegie Mellon University, CMU community members are expected to behave with integrity, act honestly and ethically and to observe the appropriate health and safety measures in all campus settings.

Facial coverings (updated April 19, 2022): High-quality, well-fitting facial coverings are required in the following situations regardless of vaccination status:

  • Anyone who has tested positive (wear for at least three days following the seven days of isolation)
  • Anyone who has tested positive or who has been a close contact of a positive case within 10 days of diagnosis or exposure.
  • Anyone participating in Tartan Testing or visiting University Health Services.
  • Anyone in a child care setting, including the Cyert Center for Early Education and The Children’s School.

COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing: All students, faculty and staff who are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated, who have been exempted from the COVID-19 vaccine or booster requirement, or who have not yet uploaded their vaccination information to the university’s Vaccine Database must participate weekly in Tartan Testing (the university’s COVID-19 asymptomatic testing program).

Tartan Testing is also available for CMU community members on an on-going basis for those desiring a test.

Documentation of Vaccination Status:

  • All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID- 19 (including booster dose when eligible) and to upload confirmation of booster vaccination status to the CMU Vaccine Database in HealthConnect
  • All students, faculty and staff eligible for a COVID-19 booster are required to upload documentation within 60 days of their eligibility in HealthConnect.
  • Anyone requesting to be exempted from vaccination will need to complete an application for exemption form:
  • If you have already received an exemption from vaccination, you are automatically exempted from the booster requirement.
  • If you are vaccinated but need to request exemption from a booster, an exemption form will need to be completed.
  • Anyone with an approved exemption will be required to participate in weekly Tartan Testing and wear a facial covering.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Diagnosis:

Employees and students are expected to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms on a daily basis. Anyone who displays COVID-19 symptoms or is diagnosed with COVID- 19 must stay home. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated (or boosted once eligible) who is identified as a close contact with a positive COVID-19 case must stay home.

Employees and students who have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual must inform Community Health and Well-Being at and follow any applicable self- isolation or quarantine requirements.

Visitors, contractors and other persons who are planning to be on campus and received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or close contact exposure within 10 days of their time on campus must inform their local supervisor or CMU host. The supervisor or CMU host will inform Community Health and Well-Being at to initiate communication protocols.

Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfection: Every 24 hours, Facilities Management and Campus Services (FMCS) will conduct enhanced sanitation and disinfection in high-traffic and common areas that are in use. FMCS is following CDC Guidelines for cleaning and is available for consultation regarding additional or enhanced cleaning of offices, laboratories and other spaces needed for unit operational plans. Email FMCS to arrange a discussion about specific spaces. 

Exceptions to the minimum requirements may only be made with the approval of the COVID-19 coordinator.

Effective as of April 19, 2022