Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Visitor Protocol

Visitors are strongly discouraged for indoor events and gatherings. Exception processes are in place for cognizant ULC members to approve visitors.

Visitors are permitted subject to approval for outdoor events and gatherings. The COVID Coordination Team is responsible for approving requests from sponsoring hosts.

Until further notice, the following protocol applies to the presence of visitors to Carnegie Mellon’s U.S.-based campuses and programs. For the purpose of this protocol, visitors include anyone who is not a CMU employee, student, vendor or contractor.


Any staff, faculty or researcher seeking an exception in order to host an indoor visitor on campus must follow the process below:

  1. Obtain approval from their cognizant University Leadership Council (ULC) member.
  2. Submit a signed assumption of waiver (PDF), if required by the approving ULC member.
  3. Acknowledge that the visitor has read and understands CMU's minimum requirements (PDF).
  4. Download and complete CMU's Daily Self-Assessment (PDF) prior to your arrival on campus. Save and/or print your responses and provide to your host.


Faculty, staff and researchers who wish to host or include visitors at outdoor events or gatherings must complete and submit the electronic outdoor visitor request form. The submitted form is routed to the COVID Coordination Team to review and either approve or provide additional feedback. Requests should be submitted at least one week in advance.

Individual meetings with a visitor outdoors do not require prior approval.


Due to the impact of COVID-19, we unfortunately aren't able to welcome prospective students and their families to campus at this time.

However, a wide variety of online visit opportunities are being offered so that prospective students and their families can learn more about what it's like to be a Tartan.


Processes and requirements for collaborating visitors continue to apply. See the Collaborating Visitor Guidance website for additional details, including the definition of collaborating visitor.

Note that collaborating visitors are not currently permitted on-site unless they are named on an approved return to on-site work plan.