Student Frequently Asked Questions

Final Weeks of Fall 2020 at CMU

How will I take exams?

  • All exams, final projects and presentations — with very limited exceptions — will be conducted remotely beginning Nov. 18.
  • Your instructors will provide you with information about how you will complete assignments and exams.

Where can I get help?

Is my residence hall still open?

  • All residence halls and residential restaurants remain open to serve students.
    • Most residence halls close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.
    • East Community halls remain open for the winter break with limited dining options.
    • Northwest Apartments, Graduate Housing and Kewadin Village will remain open for students registered to return in spring.
  • Visit the Office of Residence Life FAQ page to learn more.

What else is open on campus?

  • The library remains open to serve students. Visit the CMU Libraries website for information about hours and available services. Learn more about library services and operations by visiting the library’s blog, “News and Views from the CMU Libraries.”
  • The Student Activities Center remains open for individual workouts in the fitness center, weight training center and pool by appointment only; schedule your appointment here. All group fitness classes and group fitness areas, including basketball courts, are closed. Visit the University Recreation Facebook page to learn more.
  • The University Center, including the CMU Bookstore, remains open through Nov. 25 and will reopen after the Thanksgiving holidays from Nov. 30 through Dec. 11.

How can I stay safe and keep others safe?

  • All health and safety protocols remain in place for the remainder of the year.
  • Wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands often.
  • Limit in-person interactions as much as possible. This new order prohibits indoor gatherings at residential venues, except where no more than 10 persons from no more than two households are gathered.
  • To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, follow these guidelines prior to heading home for the holidays.

Is CMU still offering admissions activities and tours?

  • Effective immediately, CMU will suspend on-campus admissions tours and visits.
  • The admissions team is still conducting many activities virtually.

Do I need to move all of my belongings out for the winter break?

  • CMU is planning to offer in-person classes in spring 2021, in addition to offering classes online and through HyFlex and hybrid modalities.
  • If you are planning to return to campus for spring semester classes, you may leave your belongings in your residence hall room over the break.
  • If you do not plan to return to campus for spring 2021, you must complete the Housing Contract Release Form with your Residence Hall Director by Thursday, Nov. 19 and complete move-out from your residence by Wednesday, Nov. 25.  

What happens if CMU adjusts plans for spring semester?

  • This epidemic order extends through Dec. 8, 2020. Right now, we remain committed to our plans to resume on-campus student life and classes in January, as we did this fall.
  • We will continue to closely monitor the spread of the virus and updates from state and local government.
  • If there is a need to adjust our plans, we will communicate with students and families as soon as possible.

What are plans for CMU athletics?

  • The new emergency order includes requirements for increased testing and other precautions, and CMU is complying with these guidelines.
  • Student-athletes continue to practice and plan for winter and spring competitions.
  • At this time, no spectators or fans are permitted to attend games or practices.