Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Visitor Protocol

In order to help protect the safety and well-being of the members of the CMU community, we are restricting visitors to campus.

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.

General Visitor Guidance

Visitors to the Pittsburgh campus and other U.S.-based locations for on-campus tours, events and gatherings are discouraged.


Any staff, faculty or researcher seeking an exception in order to host a visitor on campus must:

  1. Obtain approval from their cognizant University Leadership Council (ULC) member.
  2. Determine if the visitor has traveled within 14 days of their intended first date on-site.
  3. Determine if the visitor's travel qualifies as high-risk from outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Other CMU locations within the U.S. should consult their local travel guidance.


Staff, faculty or researchers who have been approved to host a visitor on campus must obtain and maintain the records of:

  1. A signed assumption of waiver from the visitor, if required by the approving ULC member.
  2. Acknowledgment that the visitor has read and understands CMU's minimum requirements.


Approved visitors from Pittsburgh or the Southwestern Pennsylvania region do not need to quarantine if they have not engaged in high-risk travel or traveled to a high-risk location within the last 14 days. They must adhere to the minimum requirements, and if they are visiting as part of an approved return to on-site work plan, they must adhere to the plan of the individual they are visiting.


If a visitor to Pittsburgh (or another CMU U.S.-based location) has engaged in high-risk travel or traveled from an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases (for a list, see the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s COVID-19 Information for Travelers), they are required to quarantine for 14 days prior to being present on campus.

Other CMU locations within the U.S. should consult their local travel guidance.


Processes and requirements for collaborating visitors continue to apply. See the collaborating visitor process 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.