Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Travel Protocol

In order to help protect the safety and well-being of the members of the CMU community, we are adhering to strict protocols for travelers to and from campus.

CMU is issuing this protocol for faculty, staff and students for the Pittsburgh campus, outlined below.

University Quarantine and Isolation Requirements

CMU guidance does not accept a negative test as an alternative to the 10-day quarantine and isolation. 

Type of Exposure

Minimum Days of Quarantine


Travel outside of PA 10 Consistent with PA restrictions
High risk travel within PA 10 Consistent with PA restrictions
COVID-19 positive/probable (isolation) 10 Consistent with CDC isolation guidance
Identified as a close contact 14 Consistent with PA guidance for
congregate settings (PDF)
Student arrival for spring semester (outside of southwestern PA) 14 Consistent with PA guidance for
congregate settings (PDF)

Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 Information for Travelers

Please take note of the following:

The new PA travel requirements went into effect on November 20, 2020. Those leaving the state are required to quarantine for 10 days upon return to Pennsylvania (this does NOT apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment). Although the state does allow for a negative test prior to returning to Pennsylvania in lieu of a 10-day quarantine, CMU is requiring the quarantine before travelers can return to campus. A negative test does not exempt you from the 10-day quarantine.

Information about visitors on campus can be found on the Visitor Protocol page.

Travel from PITTSBURGH

U.S.-based domestic and international travel for university business remains suspended until further notice.

In the event there is a critical university business need that requires travel, approval should be obtained from your cognizant University Leadership Council (ULC) member.

Anyone approved to be present on campus for any purpose who travels out of Pennsylvania must self-quarantine for 10 days upon return and prior to returning to campus. In addition, those who travel within Pennsylvania and participate in high-risk behavior must also self-quarantine for 10 days. Learn more about low risk vs. high risk travel.

For U.S. campuses and programs outside of Pittsburgh, the spirit of this protocol applies, however local or state government health and safety requirements and guidance specific to your location will need to be consulted.


Personal travel and high-risk travel are strongly discouraged.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Allegheny County have issued COVID-19 related stay-at-home advisories.

Anyone contemplating out-of-state, personal travel or in-state, high-risk travel is to work with their supervisor (employees) or housefellow/college liaison (students) because of the mandate to quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus. They should also discuss arrangements for any needed self-quarantine following their return.

Supervisors may choose not to authorize PTO that would result in excessive absence from work or interfere with business continuity if work cannot be completed from home during the self-quarantine period.

Remote Work

Employees are to work with their supervisor to discuss arrangements for remote work during the self-quarantine period or to authorize payment of the COVID-19 Time Off Benefit (if related to personal travel). Visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information.

Hosting Guests in Your REsidence

During this surge in COVID-19 cases across the United States, hosting guests in your residence is strongly discouraged. Allegheny County residents are asked to stay at home and to forego social gatherings to stem the rapid rise of cases and hospitalizations in the county. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, getting food or the like.