Carnegie Mellon University

Coronavirus News

The Office of Human Resources is supporting the university's efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of the university community through the following programs and resources, which are effective until further notice.

Benefits and Care Resources

  • Updates have been made to CMU benefit plans in response to COVID-19.
  • Faculty and staff members who participate in CMU's pharmacy benefit can receive up to eight COVID-19 at home test kits (one test per package) per 30 consecutive days.
  • The Care Resources for Staff and Faculty guide compiles key resources and contacts related to health and well-being and child and family care. 
  • CMU faculty, staff and graduate students can receive personalized support and guidance from the university's Family Care Concierge Service
  • The Care@Work program provides subsidized backup care for dependents of faculty, staff and graduate students, and enables users to find household help, establish a learning pod or set up a nanny share. 

Accommodations and Time Away from Work

  • The university will provide a reasonable accommodation to eligible faculty and staff who, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, require workplace accommodations to enable them to perform the essential functions of their job.
  • The university has authorized temporary exceptions to the Paid Time Off Policy including COVID-19 Time Off, Emergency Time Off, Use of Unearned PTO and PTO Rollover Exceptions.
  • The Work and Leave Options Matrix [pdf] provides comprehensive information about unpaid time off and unpaid personal leaves of absence. 
  • As always, for illnesses that exceed seven calendar days, please contact the Leaves Department.

COVID-19 Vaccine Exemptions

Consistent with federal and state law, Carnegie Mellon will consider medical or religious exemptions to any vaccine requirement for faculty and staff. Those who are granted a vaccination exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements.

U.S. Staff Hiring Guidance

Effective March 26, 2020, Carnegie Mellon University implemented a hiring pause that limits staff hiring and fixed-term extensions to those positions deemed mission critical. 

Remote Work and Return to Campus

Helpful Links

Silicon Valley Campus

Please review the minimum requirements to return to campus. All employees and student workers are expected to work directly with their supervisor regarding job expectations.

For HR-related questions or concerns, please contact Jamell Mihalik, 412-268-1759.

Qatar Campus

CMU-Q is continuously monitoring the changing COVID-19 situation and we are working hard to plan for different contingencies ensuring the health and safety of our community.

Refer to CMU-Q Covid-19 Information for the latest updates. 

Temporary Emergency Closing (TEC)