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Guidance for Ramping up Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities

Drexel is Currently in Phase 3

Drexel's research ramp up has been a health and safety success, with no documented cases of COVID-19 transmission in laboratory, field, clinical or other research settings. Given the rapidly improving public health situation and the Philadelphia Department of Health's recent updated guidance we are transitioning to Phase 3 of the research ramp up, aka “the new normal” effective Monday June 7th.


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 multi-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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