Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

Student Resources

Our community has shown creativity, innovation and resilience during this global pandemic. The indefatigable spirit of the CMU community has been seen and felt from Pittsburgh to our campuses across the globe. We have never been prouder to be Tartans and we are confident that we will get through this together and emerge stronger on the other side.

Remote Learning & Advising

Fall Semester: Carnegie Mellon University will start our fall semester as planned on August 31 under a hybrid instruction model, blending in-person and remote learning. Whether you are here in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in the world, you will be able to launch your CMU career this fall. Our goal is to have as many students on campus as we can, while keeping the health of our community as our top priority.

Summer Remote Instruction: Your instructor will reach out to you with specific instruction details. In addition, the Student Academic Success Center and Computing Services have provided information on attending classes, completing your coursework, getting advising and academic support, and accessing university resources from a remote location.

STEP 1: Secure Your Devices and Data

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

STEP 2: Attend Classes and Share Files

Install software to attend classes online, collaborate with peers and share files.

STEP 3: Access Your Work

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

NEED HELP?

Academic Success

Academic services are available via remote tools. 

  • Academic coaching
  • Academic advising
  • Accommodations and exam accessibility
  • Language support
Get the Help You Need at the Student Academic Success Center

Additional Resources

Doctoral and Master's Degree Students

Refer to the Researcher Resources page for more information regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic affects your research.

Researchers who have been approved to do specific research-related activities on campus facilities are expected to comply with all safety requirements as outlined in the Returning to On-Site Work section of this site.

The university will maintain and manage the overall inventory of critical PPE and supplies to support physical distancing. Requests for PPE and supplies needed by organizational units to support their return to campus can be made by emailing DRBC@andrew.cmu.edu.

Health and Wellness

On Campus

What if I get sick?

  • If you become ill with fever and a cough, contact University Health Services immediately at 412-268-2157.
  • If you experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, call Campus Police at 412-268-2323.
  • For less urgent needs, schedule an appointment with University Health Services.

Scheduling an appointment with University Health Services:

  • Online scheduling of appointments is not available at this time.
  • Call 412-268-2157, option 2, to schedule an appointment or speak with a nurse.
  • Do not walk into the health center without calling first to discuss your needs.

More on The Coronavirus and Your Health

Housing & Dining

HOUSING

At this time, Carnegie Mellon is planning for fall 2020 semester classes to begin in Pittsburgh on August 31 as a hybrid model of instruction, which will deliver both in-person and remote teaching and learning. Plans for on-campus housing are still under development and we will communicate updates with new and returning students and families as information becomes available.

Students Who Remain on Campus During the Summer: To ensure your health and safety, you will need to practice strict physical distancing and wear a face covering, whether outside in public areas or inside CMU facilities.

Visit Housing FAQ

DINING

At this time, Carnegie Mellon is planning for fall 2020 semester classes to begin in Pittsburgh on August 31 as a hybrid model of instruction, which will deliver both in-person and remote teaching and learning. Plans for on-campus dining are still under development and we will communicate updates with new and returning students and families as information becomes available.

Read Dining Services' COVID-19 Update

How to Obtain Belongings

  • Residents who are not currently on campus but still have belongings in their room should visit the Housing & Residential Education Belongings page.

For more information on housing please visit the Housing & Residential Education site.

Events, Gatherings and Athletics

Commencement 2020

CMU is planning to bring the Class of 2020 together for an in-person commencement celebration on campus, in the next academic year.

For more, visit the Commencement website.

Read President Jahanian’s Commencement Cancellation Announcement

Meetings or Gatherings

In-person gatherings or meetings are discouraged. All meetings should be held virtually via Zoom or other conferencing technologies whenever possible. However, in-person gatherings or meetings of up to 10 persons are permitted in spaces that will allow proper social distancing.

For students not in Allegheny County, we recommend continuing to adhere to social distancing and physical distancing guidelines.

Student Organization Events

In-person student organization events are canceled until further notice.

Assistance for Student Organizations

SLICE is available to help you consider new ways of virtually delivering aspects of the student organization experience and also to help you work though any questions you have regarding event cancellations, contracts and financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 restrictions. SLICE is available for phone and video conference consultations, which can be scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by filling out a Meet with SLICE request.

Athletic EVENTS

All athletic events are suspended until further notice.

International Students

Immigration Status

The F-1 or J-1 status of students who completed their Spring 2020 courses remotely, or who will take Summer 2020 courses remotely, will not be negatively impacted. While immigration regulations require F-1 students to be enrolled full-time and restrict students to one online course per semester that would count toward the full-time enrollment requirement, this requirement has been temporarily waived for the Spring and Summer (2020) semesters. Per recent federal guidance, the Office of International Education (OIE) has provided information to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) about the university’s plans for remote learning to ensure institutional compliance with federal immigration regulations. SEVP has not yet advised about fall enrollment options.

Staying in the United States

Students may remain in the U.S. and are encouraged not to travel internationally at this time. Students who are considering leaving the U.S. should carefully consider international travel plans. With an evolving global situation, and many travel restrictions, students who elect to leave the U.S. may not be able to re-enter at the time they wish to return, which could impact future immigration benefits. Students in F-1 or J-1 status should consult their Office of International Education (OIE) advisor prior to traveling to discuss potential impacts with respect to their specific immigration situation.

Find More International FAQ on OIE's Website