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COVID-19 Information

CMU-Q is continuously monitoring the changing COVID-19 situation and we are working hard to plan for different contingencies ensuring the health and safety of our community.

Please bookmark this page for updates on health and safety, academic and business operations.

Latest Update
June 22, 2020

Qatar’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak continues in order to effectively prevent the spread of the infection. In light of this:

  • CMU-Q will begin its fall semester as planned on August 23. After much consideration, we have decided to begin the Fall 2020 semester in online mode. While some pandemic restrictions are beginning to lift in Qatar, it is necessary that we take a cautious approach to resuming classes and work in the building. When it is safe to do so, we will shift into a hybrid mode, with classes held partially in-person.
  • The building is closed to students, as well as faculty and staff.
  • For any further questions regarding building access, please reach out to Facilities.
  • A reminder that if you are planning to travel, please contact Human Resources. For staff, please also contact your supervisor. Faculty members should notify both Dean Selma and your program director or area head.
  • Until further notice, Education City has closed facilities, including the Student Center and the Qatar National Library.  At this time, there have also been some gate closures to Education City. Qatar Foundation is providing regular updates.
  • Face masks are required for all citizens and residents when outside of the home.
  • Effective May 22, all citizens and residents are obligated to install the coronavirus tracking app Ehteraz when outside of the home.

The Qatar Ministry of Public Health is updating the public regularly on COVID-19, as well as the measures Qatar is taking to protect the community.

Community Resources

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Faculty

Offsite teaching:

  • The building remains closed until further notice.
  • For any further questions regarding building access, please reach out to Facilities.
  • If you are leaving Qatar, please inform Dean Selma, your program director/area head, and Human Resources. We need this to be sure our emergency communication plan is up to date and accurate. It is very important that we know where you are teaching from in order to support you properly.

Resources:

 Canvas remote teaching and learning course: https://canvas.cmu.edu/courses/14692/

If you have questions:

Staff

Working remotely:

  • The building remains closed until further notice.
  • For any further questions regarding building access, please reach out to Facilities.
  • If you decide to leave Qatar, please communicate with your department head or supervisor and alert Human Resources of the arrangement. We need this to be sure our emergency communication plan is up to date and accurate.

 

Responsibilities for employees working remotely 

  • We trust that you will conduct your work to the same professional, technical and ethical standards as you do within the CMU-Q building. You remain bound by all policies and procedures of Carnegie Mellon University and your respective department.
  • During your normal work hours, be in regular communication with your supervisor and respond in a timely manner to all emails, messages or phone calls.
  • If illness or other issues cause you to miss work, please notify your supervisor within the first hour of your scheduled work day.
  • Non-exempt employees may work overtime hours (beyond 37.5 hours per week) only with express permission from the Chief Operations Officer. If you receive permission to work overtime, you must continue to record your worked hours in the Workday system.
  • You must ensure that university information is handled securely. If you have any questions about information security please contact helpcenter@qatar.cmu.edu.

 

If you have questions:

Students

Some students may choose to leave Qatar for the summer. If you decide this, we first recommend that you:

  • Contact Renee Camerlengo and your professors: communication with the university is key right now, and we need to know where you are to best support you.
  • Consider travel restrictions: each day, international travel restrictions are changing, including who is permitted to enter Qatar.

For suggestions on how best to home study see ARC’s COVID-19 Home study page

FAQs

If you have questions:

 

Parents and Family Members

We would like to assure you that the faculty and staff of CMU-Q are here to help all students through this challenging time. These are extraordinary and worrying circumstances for the students and we encourage them to reach out if they need help or support. We thank you for the important support role you play, especially during this time.

  • CMU-Q will begin its fall semester as planned on August 23. After much consideration, we have decided to begin the Fall 2020 semester in online mode. While some pandemic restrictions are beginning to lift in Qatar, it is necessary that we take a cautious approach to resuming classes and work in the building.
  • Tools used for online course delivery include Zoom and Canvas, and students are encouraged to learn more about these tools through open instructional video modules that we have created.
  • We strongly urge students to remain in close contact with their faculty members, who will provide specific information about courses.
  • Qatar Foundation has made arrangements for students in living in the dorms, including food services and technology requirements for online learning.

Please do not hesitate to contact Renee Camerlengo, associate dean of student affairs and international education, if you have any questions.

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Travel Information

As Qatar continues to respond to the pandemic and provide updates on travel into the country, Qatar Residence Permit holders will be permitted to return to Qatar as of August 1, with the pre-approval of the Qatar government. Please contact HR Director Taher Gaedi for information related to entry requirements.

In planning your personal travel, we strongly advise that you review your plans against the latest information.

For additional questions, contact:

Prevention and well-being

If you feel you are developing signs of respiratory infection (especially fever and cough), please call the Ministry of Public Health hotline at 16000 for guidance.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Every individual has an important role to play to protect from the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing is an evidence-based public health practice to mitigate the spread of viruses.

Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Wear a mask over your mouth and nose when you are in public.
  • Practice good personal health by washing your hands often with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, and make sure you wash your thumbs, wrists and in-between your fingers. This is the best defense against the spread of all viruses.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your arm, and then promptly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Keep six feet (2 meters) of distance between you and others.
  • Food should be individually wrapped and should not be openly shared (for example, foods like pizza, chips or dip).
  • Keep your areas clean and free of clutter. This includes both residence, recreation and professional spaces.

See additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on preventing COVID-19 spread in communities.

Reliable sources to learn more about COVID-19:

Each of us is feeling worry and uncertainty—this pandemic affects all of our friends and families all over the world. Please remember that we are a community, and do not hesitate to reach out to one another for support.

Employees (faculty and staff) and their household members have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a CMU-sponsored program that provides support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. The EAP provider is LifeSolutions. All EAP services are confidential and provided at no cost.

Students:  Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS-Q) will continue to provide support for your well-being. Please email Atorina Benjamin to schedule a Zoom session.

Please reach out to Health and Wellness for any health-related guidance.

Faculty: If you have concerns related to the mental health and well-being of one of your students, please do not hesitate to contact our psychologist, Atorina Benjamin, for consultation and support.

Qatar Health Resources

QF Primary Health Care Center

The QF Primary Health Care Center (QF-PHCC) is activating telemedicine consultations, where appointments with patients will be conducted via phone. This measure is being taken in the interests of the safety and wellbeing of patients and to avoid the need for them to attend QF-PHCC in person, while ensuring the continuity of health care services.

Contact QF-PHCC to book an appointment:
Phone: 4454 1240 or 4454 1244
Email: qfphcc@qf.org.qa

Patients will be advised of a timing for their telemedicine consultation and the arrangements for conducting it. Patients should ensure they are available at their confirmed consultation time, and will be called by the physician at this time.

Following the consultation, QF-PHCC will arrange for any medication to be dispensed from its pharmacy. Patients should call QF-PHCC reception to confirm the time at which they will be arriving to collect their medication.

Students living in the male and female residence halls

Registered nurses are available:
Sunday through Thursday: 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 24 hours

If you think you have COVID-19

If you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, you can direct any questions to the QF-PHCC or your primary care provider, the nurses within the residence halls, or call the 24/7 hotline at 16000.

Symptoms for coronaviruses may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

2020 Fall Semester

Dear CMU-Q students and families,

I hope you are all well and getting some rest this summer.

Due to the pandemic, this fall semester will look different from other years. We have spent the last few weeks weighing several factors about how to resume classes in August. Ultimately, we have two priorities: to ensure the health and safety of our community, and to provide an exceptional education for our students.

CMU-Q will begin its fall semester as planned on August 23. After much consideration, we have decided to begin the Fall 2020 semester in online mode. While some pandemic restrictions are beginning to lift in Qatar, it is necessary that we take a cautious approach to resuming classes and work in the building.

When it is safe to do so, we will shift into a hybrid mode, with classes held partially in-person. We will continue to update you on a possible timeline for the start of hybrid mode. Please note that even though the in-person option will be available for many classes at that time, for most classes you can still study remotely if you choose.

We understand that remote learning can be challenging. Over the next two months, the faculty and teaching support staff will adapt the fall courses to ensure you can understand the material, grow as a student, and have a positive learning experience.

If you a student currently out of the country, please check for an email from associate dean of student affairs and international education, Renee Camerlengo, regarding Qatar’s entry pre-approval requirements.

Please know that we are committed to supporting you in every way possible during this unprecedented time.  You will be hearing more from Renee Camerlengo who will be in touch with you soon with more details about the 2020-21 academic year. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concern.

Kind regards,

Michael Trick
Dean