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.

On June 28, 2020 the Allegheny County Health Department provided a strong recommendation for anyone traveling out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning. CMU is issuing this protocol for faculty, staff and students for the Pittsburgh campus, outlined below.

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 who engages in out-of-state high-risk travel (this does not include commuting from home to campus across state lines), and is approved to be present on campus for any purpose, must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus.

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.


Thoughtful consideration should be taken before engaging in personal travel, and high-risk travel is strongly discouraged.

Anyone contemplating out-of-state personal travel is to work with their supervisor (employees) or student affairs liaison (students) to determine if the travel is high or low risk, and discuss arrangements for any needed 14-day self-quarantine or testing 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.