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Guidance for Ramping up Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities

Drexel is Currently in Phase 1

On March 18th, the University took the extreme measure of shutting down almost all of our on campus, field-based, and clinical research, scholarly, and creative activities (research). Since then all research activities that could occur remotely are doing so. For the foreseeable future, this should continue in this remote manner. However, there are numerous research activities which cannot occur remotely. To safely ramp up activities that cannot occur remotely, these guidelines have been developed by the Drexel University Research Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee [PDF] under the oversight of the Office of Research & Innovation, with input from a number of stakeholders including the Graduate College Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee, Graduate Student Association leadership, Post-doctoral Association leadership, Facilities, Environmental Health & Safety, the Faculty Senate Committee on Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, Fall 2020 Task Force, the Associate Deans for Research, Deans, and the Provost's Office. 

The research guidance is detailed in the below subpages. Given the evolving nature of the pandemic we anticipate that the guidance provided here will need to change over time and we will communicate these changes to the research community. 


The Office of Research & Innovation is committed to return to research while adhering to social distancing and public health best practices to optimize the safety of individuals and the community.

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The Office of Research & Innovation has outlined six guiding principles to ensure the return to research at Drexel University is safe, structured, and transparent.

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In order to return to increase research activities in a safe and flexible manner, the Office of Research & Innovation will implement a 3-phased approach for the resumption of research activities from our current research Ramp Down phase.

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The request for reactivation of research activity will be initiated by the investigator/faculty/scholar and will be based on minimizing risks using physical distancing and safe space utilization. The proposed process is a collaborative, investigator-driven approach.

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A guideline of personnel who are eligible to participate in the return to research.

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Drexel University will begin the return to research in a clear, phased approach. Each phase outlines different allowable processes and activities, resuming in gradual stages to ensure safety.

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The successful resumption of research activities will require collaborative decision-making but will primarily reside at the College/School level – where the detailed knowledge of the varied research activities resides. The Office of Research & Innovation has outlined a list of general recommendations for this process.

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PPE Purchasing Guidelines to ensure the adherence to all safety regulations during the return to research.

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Forms, templates, and guidelines related to the return to research.

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Please view our FAQ for more information about the Office of Research & Innovation's return to research.

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