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January 25, 2022

Campus Returns to Transitional Posture January 31

With the latest surge of COVID-19 cases tapering off on campus and given the highly vaccinated status of the Carnegie Mellon community, university leadership has announced that the Pittsburgh campus will return to its Transitional Campus Posture, effective Monday, January 31. 

Here’s a summary of what the Transitional Campus Posture means:


  • A large majority of classes will return to in-person modality.
  • Courses originally scheduled to be taught remotely will remain in this mode.

Isolation & Quarantine

  • Effective January 31, the university is shortening isolation and quarantine periods from 10 days to 7.
  • The CMU tracing team will provide specific guidance to individuals who need to isolate or quarantine regarding this shortened period.

Meetings & Gatherings

  • Indoor meetings, student organization and university-sponsored events will be allowed up to 50 persons or 50% of the indoor space capacity (whichever is greater).
  • Outdoor meetings and university-sponsored events are permitted up to 75% of outdoor facility capacity.
  • The serving of food during in-person indoor meetings and events will continue to be strongly discouraged. However, if food is served, the event should be hosted in a space that provides for ample physical distancing between participants.

While CMU moves back to the Transitional Campus Posture, the campus community is required to continue to follow mitigation measures, including booster requirementsbaseline testing and the wearing of facial coverings.

CMU’s COVID Coordination Team is working on a pilot initiative to deploy a small number of vending machines on campus that will provide rapid at-home antigen tests and KN95 masks to faculty, staff and students. It is anticipated these will be ready in early February.