Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMU-SV) is moving to remote teaching until further notice in response to increasing cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the County of Santa Clara, California. CMU’s Silicon Valley location is currently on spring break, and remote teaching will begin on Monday, March 16.
CMU-SV will continue ongoing operations and will allow non-essential staff and faculty to work remotely. The location includes 45 faculty and staff and about 300 engineering graduate students across a variety of programs.
“Over the past several weeks we have been actively monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and working on plans for social distancing to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said Bill Sanders, dean of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering. “We have been preparing for remote teaching and are now in a position to begin to operate in support of the local guidelines.”
There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus at any of Carnegie Mellon’s locations in the U.S. or internationally. The decision to move to remote teaching in Silicon Valley is in response to the changing conditions in Santa Clara.
“The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority,” said Sanders. “We encourage CMU-SV faculty, staff and students to be aware of the County of Santa Clara Health Department guidance for social distancing as the university continues to work to address all issues in this rapidly-evolving situation.”
About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon, cmu.edu, is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 14,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.
SOURCE Carnegie Mellon University