Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

Staff Resources

Thank you all for your continued passion for, and dedication to, Carnegie Mellon, and especially for your hard work and flexibility during the past few weeks. CMU staff are a vital part of this institution who help us to deliver on CMU’s extraordinary potential.

Remote Working

Please see President Farnam Jahanian’s Our Path Forward message to campus on our plans to gradually begin to reopen campus. In most instances, the university has requested that everyone who can work remotely continue to do so.

If you must remain on campus, you will need to practice strict physical distancing and wear a face covering, whether outside in public areas or inside a building.

If your job duties do not allow remote work and you are 60 years old or older, or have an underlying medical condition that may put you at higher risk for complications, you should contact your HR business partner to be counseled on PTO and leave options and process [PDF].

If your children are home because their school is closed due to COVID-19, you should work with your supervisor and be counseled by your HR business partner as follows:

  1. Normally, working from home would not be permitted. For this extraordinary situation, remote work may be available.
  2. PTO and other leave options [PDF] are available.

STEP 1: Secure Your Devices and Data

Secure your devices, ensure a stable internet connection and manage your files.

STEP 2: Collaborate with Others

Collaborate with peers via web conferencing and phone; share files as needed.

STEP 3: Access Your Work

Get the software, applications and connectivity you need for remote working.


Health and Wellness

What if I get sick?

Our first priority is your safety and well-being. Learn what to do if you experience symptoms on our Health & Wellness page.

More on the Coronavirus and your Health

Wear a Face Covering in Public

While on CMU premises, all faculty, staff, researchers, students and contractors must wear a facial covering (sufficient to cover the nose and mouth) at all times — both inside and outside of buildings — including while alone in private offices or other CMU campus spaces and facilities.

If you are in need of a facial covering, contact drbc@andrew.cmu for assistance.

Mental Health and Emotional Support

CMU provides resources to help academic and staff employees and eligible dependents cope with these types of life events through the Guidance Resources Employee Assistance Program (EAP). You may also call the EAP line directly at 1-844-744-1370. The EAP provides confidential, short-term counseling at no cost to the employee.

If you know a student who needs help, or a student comes to you, we encourage you to point them to Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS). CaPS counselors are available at any time, day or night, at 412-268-2922.

Campus Fitness Centers and Athletic Facilities

Fitness centers in the Cohon University Center, Tepper Quad and housing facilities are closed until further notice.

Gesling Stadium, the outdoor track, the soccer field, the outdoor basketball court and the tennis courts are closed to all community members. The Department of Athletics and Recreation is offering a number of virtual opportunities for all members of our community.


Hiring for staff positions will be conducted virtually. Recruiters will work with hiring managers to begin that process.

Additional Staff Support

For those whose work is not able to be performed remotely or are concerned they do not have enough work that can be performed remotely to fill a full-time schedule, we have enhanced our Human Resources policies, effective through May 31, 2020.

These changes include:

  • Alternative Work Marketplace for Remote Assignments
  • Volunteer Community Service Program and Staff Professional Development
  • Additional PTO Options
  • Optional Reduced Work Schedule

Read More about Employee Resources on the HR Website