Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

Process, Roles and Responsibilities

Carnegie Mellon University’s Executive Management Team (EMT) is ultimately responsible for approving the principles and the requirements for bringing the CMU community back to campus.

To lead the process of returning the CMU community to campus, President Jahanian has appointed Daryl Weinert, chief of staff and vice president for strategic initiatives, to serve as COVID coordinator, with multiple subject matter experts advising him.

This group includes the following individuals as well as the entire Emergency Preparedness and Response Team:

  • Becky Culyba, Office of the Provost
  • Mo Dasey-Morales, Student Affairs/Health and Wellness
  • Steve Guenther, Facilities Management and Campus Services
  • Melanie Lucht, Enterprise Risk Management
  • Tim McNulty, Government Relations
  • Dan Munsch, Office of General Counsel
  • Matt Nagel, Marketing and Communications
  • Michelle Piekutowski, Human Resources
  • David Quinn, Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Andrew Reilly, Campus Design and Facilities Development
  • Stan Waddell, Computing Services

The COVID coordinator is charged with monitoring government requirements applicable to returning to campus, developing the university’s own minimum requirements for units to do so, and ensuring that the community is adhering to the requirements. The COVID coordinator, in consultation with the deans and vice presidents, is authorized to prioritize units’ return to campus, with any prioritization conflicts to be resolved by the EMT.

The requirements for returning to campus are informed by an up-to-date understanding of the requirements for social distancing, testing, contact tracing, temperature checks, cleaning protocols and other best practices. The requirements will also include recommended capacity/density limitations for individual buildings and spaces.

In addition to those essential personnel who have been working on campus throughout the pandemic crisis, the university has identified some initial groups (primarily in the research realm) who are piloting a return to campus and developing comprehensive plans to address the necessary requirements.

As we learn from the piloted groups and enhance our capabilities to support additional on-campus activity, additional areas and functions will be contacted to begin developing return plans.

As the university prepares for the fall semester, Provost Jim Garrett, in consultation with CMU deans, is assisting in operating a plan and processes for the return of academic and instructional resources. The group is currently identifying equipment needs for classrooms that will allow the university to implement a hybrid approach, which is a blend of in-person classes and remote instruction.