Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Spring 2022 Updates

Academics and Research

Spring Semester Class Schedule

  • Classes will begin January 18, as scheduled. 
  • For the first two weeks of classes, courses will be delivered remotely with the exception of those designated as in-person only in SIO and S3. In-person only courses will continue as planned with proper mitigation procedures in place. Students enrolled in in-person courses will be notified by their instructor if the modality of their course is adjusted.
  • SIO and S3 will not be adjusted to reflect the temporary change in modality. Instructions on how to view course delivery modalities may be found on The HUB website for students and the Enrollment Services website for faculty.
  • We anticipate returning to in-person learning on January 31, subject to health conditions. 


Research activities will follow the modified posture of the university. On-site research can continue provided activities remain in compliance with any relevant university requirements; however, principal investigators may choose to temporarily transition to remote activities as they see fit.

More research-specific information can be found on the COVID-19 researchers page.

Study Abroad

Semester-long study abroad has resumed for the spring 2022 semester. However, spring break 2022 study abroad and other short-term study abroad will not be permitted for the rest of this academic year. spring 2022 Incoming Exchange is still suspended. 

Summer semester 2022 study abroad plans/possibilities are currently being evaluated and developed in accordance with the global situation.

Campus Access

Campus buildings will remain open. Services will still be provided, although some will be offered virtually.

Campus Operations

Carnegie Mellon will operate in a modified posture beginning January 6, 2022. Under the modified posture, in–person events and activities are strongly discouraged. Any exceptions will require pre-approval from the cognizant member of the University Leadership Council (Dean, VP, etc.) or their designee.


Baseline Testing

CMU requires all students, faculty and staff, whether on or off campus, to complete a baseline test during the month of January regardless of vaccination status. Testing can be completed via Tartan Testing for anyone who has not had a positive test within the last 90 days, at-home test kits or testing at other locations.

If your test is negative, there is nothing more you need to do. If it is positive, follow the steps outlined on the COVID-19 reporting page.

Vaccine and Boosters

CMU requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated and have a booster once eligible. All students, faculty and staff eligible for a COVID-19 booster as of December 16, 2021 are required to upload their booster verification to HealthConnect by February 16, 2022. Anyone becoming eligible from December 16 onward is required to upload their booster verification within 60 days of their eligibility.

Instructions on how to upload verification

Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation and quarantine protocols are available on the COVID-19 reporting page.

Faculty and Staff

The ongoing transition to the on-campus workplace will be temporarily paused. Staff supervisors should consider allowing staff to work remotely where practicable, but individual units and supervisors will determine and communicate changes regarding in-person work based on their business needs. 

As announced this past December, university leadership has extended the university’s current guidance regarding return to on-site work (including flexible options) through December 31, 2022, and the temporary exception to the university’s PTO Policy. Employees should consult with their supervisors about their unit’s timeline regarding return to on-site work and flexible work arrangements.

Travel and Visitors

Travel Protocol

There are no changes at this time to the university’s travel protocol.

Visitor Protocol

There are no changes at this time to the university’s visitor protocol.

Campus Life


The dining program expects to open the majority of its venues. First-year students living in university housing will be expected to maintain a meal plan. Further details regarding dining plans and evolving health and safety measures can be found on the Dining Services website

CMU partnered with Grubhub in the fall to launch a new mobile ordering platform.

Dining Services is adhering to the following health and safety protocols at its locations:

  • All individuals must wear facial coverings upon entry into a dining facility and while placing an order.
  • Vaccinated individuals are permitted to sit inside a dining facility and eat. Vaccinated individuals can sit and eat together without distancing, but must put their facial coverings back on when they are finished eating.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must be distanced from others to sit and eat in a dining facility. If distancing is not possible, they must take their food somewhere they can be distant from others.

Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreation & Facilities

Carnegie Mellon will proceed with winter and spring NCAA athletics as scheduled. As the university transitions to a modified operational posture for the beginning of the spring semester, spectators will be restricted from attending intercollegiate contests. Physical education courses will be offered remotely for the first two weeks of the semester. Recreational facilities will be open, with policies and procedures outlined on the Athletics Department website.