Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Staff Resources

Updated 10/4/21

  • Vaccines: Carnegie Mellon University requires all faculty and staff working in Pennsylvania, California, Washington D.C., New York and Virginia to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are expected to upload confirmation of vaccination status to the CMU Vaccine Database immediately, which means those who are not yet vaccinated will need to soon make plans to receive the vaccine.

    Those who are granted an exemption must comply with additional mitigation requirements in order to participate in campus life, including the use of facial coverings, as well as completion of the Daily Self-Assessment and weekly Tartan Testing. CMU’s global locations will communicate vaccine and mitigation requirements to their faculty and staff separately, consistent with their regional contexts. SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION TO Vaccine Database
  • Facial Coverings/Masks: Facial coverings are now required on campus. This decision was informed by the recently updated CDC guidelines and we anticipate this to be a temporary measure as we plan a safe return to campus.

Thank you all for your continued passion for, and dedication to, Carnegie Mellon University, and especially for your hard work and flexibility during this pandemic.

CMU staff are a vital part of this institution who help us to deliver on Carnegie Mellon’s extraordinary potential.

Additional Resources

Return to Campus Safely Training (CMU login required) — A brief training (10 minutes) designed for university community members who have been approved to return to campus. Please note that anyone can view the training but only those approved can return to campus for on-site work.

  • Once you click on this link, click enroll/launch to view.
  • The slides appear below the training and can be downloaded or printed by clicking enroll/launch.

Work and Leave Options [pdf] — A comprehensive matrix by scenario and information about unpaid time off and unpaid personal leaves of absence. As always, for illnesses that exceed seven calendar days, please contact the Leaves Department.

Temporary Amendments to PTO — Information about temporary exceptions to the Paid Time Off policy including COVID-19 Time Off, Emergency Time Off, Use of Unearned PTO and PTO Rollover Exceptions.

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 the Symptoms & Reporting page.

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 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, you are encouraged to point them to Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS). CaPS counselors are available at any time, day or night, at 412-268-2922.

Medical Requests for Accommodations

Consistent with CMU’s commitment to maintain the health, safety and welfare of its faculty and staff, the university will provide a reasonable accommodation to eligible faculty and staff who, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, require workplace accommodations to enable them to perform the essential functions of their job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.

Faculty and staff who seek workplace accommodations should submit a request through the Office of Disability Services.

Family Care Resources

Family Care for COVID-19

Four temporary child care services available to CMU faculty, staff and graduate students:

  • Flexible child care for children ages 24 months to five years
  • Full-day on-campus proctoring for children ages six to 12 years in online schools
  • Kindergarten Proctor and Play for for children currently enrolled in fully remote, mostly asynchronous kindergarten
  • Family and child care concierge service

Care@Work Family Care Benefits

Through the Care@Work program, prescreens qualified caregivers to help eligible individuals find backup emergency care for children and adults. Users can also access to establish a learning pod, nanny share or other distance learning support.

For additional help or suggestions, review the Back-to-School Resource Guide.


CareLink allows CMU faculty, staff and students to share their services with others on campus in need of help. Use CareLink to find child care, tutors, pet care and more, all from other members of the CMU community.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Faculty and staff members can use the EAP for assistance with finding child care, counseling and emotional support, webinars and other resources to help you and your family cope during the pandemic.

Employee and Family Assistance Programs — This brief video highlights employee and family care resources.

Meetings & Events

In-person Meetings and University-Sponsored Events

Effective as of 10/4/21

  • Indoor meetings and university-sponsored events of up to 50 persons or 50% of the indoor space capacity (if the capacity is greater than 100 persons) are permitted.
  • Outdoor meetings and university-sponsored events are permitted up to 75% of outdoor facility capacity.

Requests for exceptions to these size limitations can be sent to for the COVID Coordination Team’s consideration.

For now, it is strongly recommended that food not be served at indoor events regardless of size. Planners of large-scale or multi-pronged events being targeted for dates later in the fall semester should proceed with caution and be considering virtual alternatives given the uncertainties associated with the ongoing pandemic.