Carnegie Mellon University

Tepper COVID-19 Resource Center

Emerging from this pandemic. Together. Stronger.

I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to everyone for all of the important work you are doing to make sure we are able to meet the challenges of these unusual times.

Moving forward, each week I will share some of the key updates with you that pertain to the reopening of campus and important COVID news impacting the Tepper School.

Please stay safe.

Sincerely,
Dean Robert Dammon

CMU COVID-19 Response

Access the latest campus-wide information and daily health assessment tools.

Dean's Weekly COVID-19 Updates

See past weekly emails from the dean's office.

We are close to the one-month mark since the start of the fall semester, and I’d like to recognize all faculty, staff, and students for your commitment to keeping our campus community safe. Keep up the great work, everyone.
Sincerely,

Bob Dammon
Tepper School Dean

Weekly COVID-19 Cases and Testing Report

  • CMU cases are relatively low.
  • Last week, there were two positive COVID-19 cases reported on campus and nine off-campus.
  • The week prior, six were reported on campus and 13 off-campus.
  • Nearly 6,000 tests and a .57 percent positivity rate (trending in the right direction).
  • Asymptomatic arrival testing: This past week, CMU completed its first week of random sample testing on 265 enrolled students located within the Pittsburgh area and there were no positive cases.
  • View the COVID-19 CMU dashboard for the latest information.

Remember Your Resources

All of us share A Tartan’s Responsibility and as members of the CMU community, we must do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you plan to come to campus, you must complete the CMU Self-Assessment Survey. Even if you’re not coming to campus, CMU Community Health & Well-Being strongly encourages daily completion of the survey.

 

Low-Cost Childcare

Carnegie Mellon University will be offering three new, low-cost childcare options to faculty, staff, and graduate students this fall due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The new, temporary program includes options for partial-day childcare for children 24 months to 5 years; full-day on-campus proctoring for school-age children 6 to 12 who are in online/remote learning schools; and family and childcare concierge service. Visit CMU’s Family Care site for more information.

New NOVID App

CMU is encouraging all faculty, staff, and students to download the NOVID app which tracks the spread of COVID-19. NOVID, which was founded and created by CMU Professor of Mathematics Po-Shen Loh, is an anonymous COVID notification app that notifies users when someone in their network has tested positive for COVID-19. NOVID also allows members of the CMU community to self-report their own positive diagnosis.

COVID Testing

CMU is now beginning regular asymptomatic testing and is randomly identifying students located within the Pittsburgh area to participate in this testing. All students who intend to participate in any on-campus or CMU-related activities, such as in-person instruction, research, or campus life, are expected to participate when selected for random testing, which is being offered at no cost to students.

Weekly Case Report

COVID-19 dashboard continues to provide daily updates for CMU case numbers, weekly updates for asymptomatic testing reports, important information for students and familiesfacultyresearchers, and staff, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Remember Your Resources

All of us share A Tartan’s Responsibility and as members of the CMU community, we must do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you plan to come to campus, you must complete the CMU Self-Assessment Survey. Even if you’re not coming to campus, CMU Community Health & Well-Being strongly encourages daily completion of the survey.

 

  • CMU has adopted three operational postures for the Pittsburgh campus – Modified, Restricted, and Essential – to reflect the appropriate levels of in-person versus remote activity based on the nature of the pandemic on campus and in our region. Review the three postures and what each one means for students, faculty, and staff.
  • As we enter the fall semester, we are currently in the Modified Services posture focused on the hybrid model for teaching and learning. University leadership is tracking a host of metrics and data to assist with risk-informed decision-making in the event that a transition in operations is needed.
  • 3,000 asymptomatic tests given; 16 positives which is .54% positive. For a list of all current COVID cases, visit the CMU case data webpage.
  • Please remember to take the daily self-assessment test. Links to self-assessments are here: staff and faculty and students.  Note, the campus is monitoring compliance. If students do not comply with this requirement, they will eventually lose wifi and campus access.            

In order to reduce time on campus during the flu season, CMU announced that a delay to the start date of the spring semester. As noted in Provost Garrett’s message, some programs will have separate dates from the University’s Official Academic Calendar.

  • Tepper MBA will not be following the university’s calendar. The first day of classes for Mini 3 / Spring 2021 will be Jan. 25. Classes will end by May 6. 
  • We are still working to confirm the other graduate program start dates; we will share the confirmed schedule in a forthcoming email.
  • Undergraduate Business and Economics students will begin February 1, along with the University’s Official Academic Calendar

New student guidelines and policies for the CMU Experience this fall include:

  • Student organizations and academic departmental student groups will be eligible to hold approved in-person activities beginning on Sept. 21.
  • Each student organization and department-based student group should complete a brief survey by Sept.10. 
  • Our flagship student engagement event, THE FAIR, has moved to a virtual format
  • All groups and organizations must appoint two Student Pandemic Safety Ambassadors (SPSAs)
  • All volunteer activities this fall will take place either virtually or, if they are approved in-person opportunities, will be held on campus. 
  • Campus recreation facilities have reopened with limitations and restrictions. Visit the Athletics website for more information.
  • The university is creating “touchdown spaces” where students can spend time between classes. 
  • All visitors who intend to study in Hunt and Sorrells libraries must reserve their seat.

  1. August 28, 2020: Expanded COVID-19 Testing Strategy: The university has announced an expanded approach to COVID-19 testing plans. CMU will begin conducting asymptomatic testing of all off-campus undergraduate and graduate students living in the Pittsburgh area.
  2. Daily Self-Assessment: As a member of the CMU community, each of us must complete the self-assessment daily if you plan to be on campus. Students go to Student Self-Assessment; faculty and staff go to Faculty & Staff Self-Assessment.
  3. Current numbers of cases at CMU, as well as Allegheny County data: View case data.
  4. CMU Staff FAQ: Work Adjustments and Accommodations for Staff (pdf).
  5. Access to Tepper Quad: If you are working remotely but need to access your office space, send a note to tprbldg@andrew.cmu.edu to request access at least 2-3 business days in advance. (Subject: Building Access & Your Name). Staff operating units can coordinate visits, where possible.

Dear Tepper School faculty and staff: 

I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to everyone for all of the important work you are doing to make sure we are able to meet the challenges of these exceptional times. Moving forward, each week I will share some of the key updates with you that pertain to the reopening of campus and important COVID news impacting the Tepper School.

This will not be a comprehensive list, just the top level updates we want to make sure you haven’t missed each week. You can always visit CMU’s COVD Resource page or reach out directly to me or Tepper COO, Rhonda Fischer (rdfische@andrew.cmu.edu) for additional information. 

Please stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

Bob Dammon 

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Access to Tepper Quad

If you are working remotely but need to access your office space, send a note to tprbldg@andrew.cmu.edu to request access at least 2-3 business days in advance.  (Subject: Building Access & Your Name).  Staff operating units can coordinate visits, where possible.

 

August 27, 2020

CMU Announcement: Welcome Back, Wellness Kits & Health Reminders

 

August 24, 2020

Important Information Regarding the Fall Semester: After the mandatory quarantine process, all undergraduates will now be required to start the fall semester remotely for the first week of classes; undergraduate/graduate cross-listed courses will be taught remote-only for all students until September 6. All courses after Thanksgiving will be taught remotely to mitigate any inherent risk in return travel following the traditional winter recess.

 

August 12, 2020

A Tartan's Responsibility; COVID Daily Assessment Tracker: outlines the specific 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. 

New guidelines in place at the Libraries this semester: All visitors who intend to study in Hunt and Sorrells Libraries must reserve their seat ahead of their visit. The second and fourth floors of Hunt Library will be closed to the public and the all Hunt Library stacks will be closed. Read on for more information about these and other changes.

Return to Campus video: Campus will look and feel different in the midst of this global pandemic, but we all remain committed to offering a transformative educational opportunity for all of our students.