Carnegie Mellon University

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October 07, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

As the fall semester continues, faculty, staff and students have a shared responsibility to support the safety and well-being of the university community by staying informed and taking preventive measures to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

In preparation for the return to campus, CMU has implemented the following measures to make returning to campus safe:

  • Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus
    • Facial covering requirement
    • Daily Symptom Self-Assessments for Faculty/Staff and Students
    • Anyone who is sick must stay at home
    • Physical distancing
    • Hand-washing recommendations
    • In-person meeting recommendations
    • Enhanced sanitation and disinfection
  • Pandemic Safety Initiative — Comprises two distinct roles, the Pandemic Safety Officer and the Community Pandemic Safety Ambassador. Both roles serve as resources to the CMU community, assist in the COVID-19 mitigation strategy and assist in Return-to-Campus efforts.
  • COVID-19 Cases and Testing Reports

In addition to information provided in University COVID-19 Updates, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) provides coronavirus news and resources related to employee benefits and services. One notable change involved temporary amendments to the university's Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy. OHR approved temporary exceptions to the Policy for PTO that normally would have rolled into a staff member's bank of reserved sick days (RSD) from April 1, 2020 – July 1, 2021. Staff members must use the affected PTO by December 31, 2021. Affected PTO not used by this date will be converted back to the staff member's bank of RSD.

Another recent service that was enacted in response to the pandemic was Family Care for COVID-19. The changes to work and school schedules created a number of challenges for employees with families, as indicated on a survey sent out by the CMU Family Care Advisory Committee in early September. The university quickly responded to the survey feedback by developing child care service additions that include partial-day care, full-day on-campus proctoring, and family care concierge specialists to help connect employees with care services. These additional services began in early October and will supplement the services available through, a care provider locating service, and CareLink, a site where CMU affiliates can post and view various services of interest offered within the CMU community.