Process, Roles and Responsibilities
Last updated: 6/3/21
Reflecting on the Past Year
For more than a year, Carnegie Mellon University’s Executive Management Team (EMT) has been responsible for evaluating and approving COVID-19 protocols for the university, including the requirements for bringing the CMU community back to campus in a phased approach. (Anyone currently on campus must be part of a return-to-campus plan through their academic, research or administrative unit.)
In addition to the essential administrative and operational personnel who have been working on campus throughout the pandemic, the university continues to implement a phased approach to return to on-campus activities that support the university’s education and research mission.
Next Steps in CMU's Phased Return to Campus
CMU is optimistic about resuming operations to support as many in-person experiences as possible, both inside and outside the classroom. We envision a return to in-person learning for most of our courses, the standard residential experience for students, as well as increased availability of on-campus opportunities for organizations and recreation.
The plans for returning to campus continue to be informed by an up-to-date understanding of the requirements for social distancing, testing, contact tracing, cleaning protocols and other best practices. The requirements also include recommended capacity/density limitations for individual buildings and spaces.
Leading CMU's COVID-19 protocols has been Daryl Weinert, vice president for operations, who was also appointed last year by President Jahanian to serve as COVID-19 coordinator, with multiple subject matter experts across the university advising him.
This group of subject matter experts includes the following individuals, as well as the entire Emergency Preparedness and Response Team:
- Becky Culyba, Office of the Provost
- Maureen Dasey-Morales, Student Affairs/Health and Wellness
- Steve Guenther, Facilities Management and Campus Services
- John Hannon, Student Affairs
- Jenna Hovis, Facilities Management and Campus Services
- Melanie Lucht, Enterprise Risk Management
- Brian Thornton, Marketing and Communications
- Tim McNulty, Government Relations
- Dan Munsch, Office of General Counsel
- Michelle Piekutowski, Human Resources
- David Quinn, Office of the Vice President for Research
- Andrew Reilly, Campus Design and Facilities Development
- Stan Waddell, Computing Services
Weinert and the subject matters experts team have monitored government requirements applicable to returning to campus, developed the university’s own minimum requirements for units to do so and ensured that the community is adhering to the requirements.
In consultation with the deans and vice presidents, Weinert is authorized as COVID-19 coordinator to prioritize units’ return to campus during the pandemic, with any prioritization conflicts to be resolved by the EMT.