Carnegie Mellon University

The Word

Student Handbook

A Tartan’s Responsibility outlines the expectations we have for all CMU students who will resume living, learning, working and interacting with our campus community, whether living on or off campus. Get the most up-to-date information and resources on Carnegie Mellon’s response to the coronavirus and COVID-19 updates.

Welcome to The Word 2021-2022

The Word student handbook contains information and resources to help you create your Carnegie Mellon experience and embrace your role as a valued member of our university.

At Carnegie Mellon, our ambition is that all students will reach their highest potential in the areas of intellectual and artistic pursuits, personal well-being, professional development, leadership, and contribution to the larger community.

Community membership affords many privileges and likewise responsibilities as we all uphold the standards of our university. To ensure you are knowledgeable of the university’s expectations and the process that will be followed if standards are not met, this handbook articulates the rights and responsibilities afforded to and expected of each member of our community.  

As we embrace the return to an in-person education experience, it is critical that we maintain our individual and collective responsibilities to uphold the standards of our community. For the 2021-22 academic year, we have adopted a refined set of shared expectations, to address the necessary actions required to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in both the university and broader Pittsburgh communities. As a student at Carnegie Mellon, we expect you to familiarize yourself with and abide by these expectations.

We hope you will take advantage of this handbook as you prepare for your successful Carnegie Mellon experience.

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Amy Burkert                                     Gina Casalegno
Vice Provost for Education                Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


I. Carnegie Mellon Code

II. Academic Policies

III. Academic Disciplinary Actions

IV. Community Policies

V. Community Standards and Procedures

VI. Statement of Assurance