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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
March 29, 2020

Qatar’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been accelerating over the past few days in order to effectively prevent the spread of the infection. In light of this:

  • We will continue remote teaching through the rest of the semester. This will include final examinations.
  • 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.

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 is closed as of Tuesday, March 22.
  • 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 your properly.

Resources:

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

If you have questions:

Staff

Working remotely:

  • The building is closed as of Tuesday, March 22.
  • 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 and finish the semester outside of the country. 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 what your connectivity will be away from Qatar: you must have reliable internet to continue your semester. If you will not have reliable internet at home, we recommend you stay in Doha until the semester is over.
  • Consider travel restrictions: each day, international travel restrictions are changing, including who is permitted to enter Qatar. Please consider that if you leave Qatar, there is a risk that you may not be able to return.

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

 

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 semester. These are extraordinary and worrying circumstances for the students and we encourage them to reach out if they need help or support. Our goal is for all students to finish the semester as smoothly as possible and we thank you for the important support role you play, especially during this time.

  • Although the CMU-Q building is closed, we have moved to remote learning for the rest of the semester, including final examinations for all students.
  • 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

CMU, including the Qatar campus, is suspending all university-sponsored travel and we will not host any out-of-country guests. This restriction is until further notice and will be periodically reviewed based on developments in the COVID-19 outbreak. We do not expect the travel restriction to be lifted before the end of April at the earliest.

Please note that this does not include personal travel; however, 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:

  • 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.
  • We discourage group meetings for the time being and encourage finding creative ways of connecting with others in small groups and online.
  • 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

Graduation update

March 25, 2020.

Dear CMU-Q community,

I have been working closely with Qatar Foundation, the deans of the Education City partner universities and the Pittsburgh campus to determine how we will celebrate the Class of 2020. We all agree that while we must recognize the achievements of our students, it is essential to also protect the community’s health during this pandemic.

CMU-Q will postpone the in-person graduation ceremony that was scheduled for May 6. I know that I speak for the entire CMU-Q community when I say that we are all disappointed that we cannot get together on May 6 and celebrate your accomplishments.

There are 87 CMU-Q students who will graduate at the end of this semester. I want to reassure all of you, especially our new graduates, that we will celebrate the Class of 2020. We are exceptionally proud of you and we will be in touch with details on how we will move forward with recognizing your class.

Kind regards,

Michael Trick
Dean
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar