Carnegie Mellon University

Enrollment Services

Information for Faculty & Staff

Fall 2021 Classroom Policies & Information

Updated each semester, this page contains important information for instructors about building and teaching space access, an overview of classroom capacity, audio and video recording equipment and policies, available classroom supplies, and general classroom etiquette.

  • University central teaching buildings will automatically unlock Monday - Friday at 7:30 a.m. and lock at 11:00 p.m.
  • Weekend door access is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; exterior doors will be locked on weekends, in line with university policy. 
  • Door access for non-central teaching spaces such as the CUC building and department-controlled labs and studios will vary.
  • Your CMU ID will open central teaching spaces before or after the above hours, and it is good practice to carry your CMU ID with you at all times. In the event you are locked out of the space, hold your ID card over the schlage reader on the door hardware and wait for the light to turn green, then turn and push the door open. If you continue to experience difficulties, contact University Police at (412) 268-2323.
  • Important Information Regarding Locks:
    • Many classroom doors are equipped with thumb latches or lock buttons. Installed for the safety of students and instructors, lock buttons and latches are located on the inside door panel above the handle or crash bar and may include a small lock icon. These locks are labeled with an Emergency Use Only sticker and when engaged, prevent hallway access to the classroom and may trigger an internal alarm alerting campus police, who will report to the classroom to ensure that all occupants are safe. Please note that the Emergency Use Only sticker refers solely to the lock button or latch, not to the door itself; doors may be opened and closed as needed. However, there is no need to engage the lock button or latch except in the case of a true emergency, such as a situation involving an active threat. Clear, protective covers have been installed over lock buttons to protect against accidental activation.

  • Teaching spaces have been modified to near 100% capacity. This space capacity consists of student seats plus one instructor seat and one teaching assistant (TA) seat indicated by a 'TA Reserved Seat' sign.
  • It is very important that the teaching space capacity is maintained:
    • Please do not remove or add furniture to any teaching space. Each space is counted for correct capacity.
    • Only registered students are permitted to attend in-person courses; only registered students may audit a course.
    • Waitlisted students are not permitted to attend in-person sections due to strict seating capacities; if a waitlisted student is attending class in-person, they must leave. Please contact your department coordinator to discuss waitlist invitations or to work out capacity issues.
  • Classrooms will be equipped with cameras and microphones, following the fall 2020 standard, allowing for audio and video recording; faculty are encouraged but not required to record classes in order to provide resources for students who are temporarily unable to attend class. Information and instructions on standard recording equipment is available on the Computing Services website. Instructors who wish to record classes may find guidelines and syllabus language for recorded classes and Carnegie Mellon's Recording Policy on the Eberly Center website.
  • A number of changes and updates have been made to classrooms in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. An overview of classroom cleaning schedules and responsibilities, ventilation, and policies for visiting guest students and lecturers, as well as other helpful information about mitigation and safety measures in classrooms and instructional spaces, is available on the university COVID-19 Updates website. 
  • Board writing supplies will still be provided in teaching spaces; however if you wish to request your own supply, please see your building facility manager to order supplies from FMS.
  • Sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizers will be available in central teaching spaces; please only use hand sanitizers around special equipment.
  • All teaching spaces are scheduled to be cleaned nightly. All occupants must leave the space by 11:00 p.m. for nightly cleaning.

These simple steps will ensure that the classroom is properly set up for the next scheduled class:

  • End your class on time;
  • Erase all boards and cap markers, if available;
  • Power down all audio/video equipment;
  • Reset furniture to a standard lecture classroom setup;
  • Dispose of garbage properly (located in the hallway, outside the intersection of traffic).
  • Be sure to check the schedule of classes regarding your assigned teaching spaces.
  • Check that you are listed as the instructor for all your courses in order to facilitate final exam, faculty course evaluation and grade submission administration.
  • Consider adding a proxy who may view your course roster or enter grades. Undergraduate students may not serve as proxies. You can find instructions for assigning a proxy on the Course Proxies webpage.

Board Supplies

Phone: (412) 268-2036



Phone: (412) 268-2910


Audio & Video Equipment

Phone: (412) 268-8855


Teaching Space Assignments & Changes