Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Travel Protocol

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Your chances of getting COVID-19 while traveling also depends on mitigating behaviors and steps taken to protect yourself and others.

Effective July 1, 2021, university-sponsored domestic travel for all CMU community members is permitted subject to unit-based requirements and approval from employee managers.

International travel for university business remains suspended until further notice. In the event there is a critical university business need that requires international travel, approval should be obtained from your cognizant University Leadership Council (ULC) member.

Per the CDC's guidance on travel, we continue to encourage students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors to wear a facial covering and avoid large events or crowded spaces as ways to limit your risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

Following travel, all faculty, staff and students who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must participate weekly in Tartan Testing, the university’s COVID-19 asymptomatic testing program. Tartan Testing is also available for fully vaccinated CMU community members who desire a weekly test.

In connection with our launch of the fall 2021 semester, the university requires every student to complete two baseline tests through the Tartan Testing program. The first of these tests should ideally be completed within five days after arrival to the Pittsburgh area, while the second must be completed sometime during your second week in Pittsburgh. Students already living in the Pittsburgh area should plan to complete their testing within the two weeks prior to their engagement with campus activities, research, orientation or classes.

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.

University Quarantine and Isolation Chart